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Interview with Bob Blaemire

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This week we continue our series of interviews with political operatives across the spectrum.  This week we have Robert Blaemire of Catalist, LLC.  Do you have questions you want us to ask in these interviews?  Be sure to leave them in the comments and we'll incorporate them into future interviews.

Robert Blaemire is the Director of Business Development at Catalist, LLC. He is formerly the founder and president of Blaemire Communications. Catalist is transforming the way progressive organizations communicate and campaign by creating a comprehensive, well-maintained national database of all voting-age individuals in the United States, along with the tools and expertise needed to make this database broadly accessible, at an affordable price.  As many ouf you know, they were instrumental in many recent Democratic victories.
1. Describe your job
Develop new business at Catalist, handle ad hoc requests, consultant subscribers, email matching. Also run the quality assurance divisision of the company, requiring me to approve all steps of voter file creation process.
2. How would you describe your career path? How did you get started in progressive politics?
I began working for US Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN) as a freshman in college and stayed there 13 years, finishing as Political Director of the 1980 unsuccessful re-election campaign. I then got involved in the business of building voter files in 1982, eventually moving to run the Washington Office of a California political computer firm (Below, Tobe & Assoc.). After 8 years there, I founded Blaemire Communications. Working with Democratic State Parties, Democratic candidates and progressive organizations, managed more of the Democratic State party voter file projects than any other vendor. Our company merged with Catalist in December 2007. 
3. What are the three most important skills for success in the progressive politics?
  • Do good work you can be proud of;
  • Treat clients, colleagues and prospects as you'd like to be treated yourself;
  • Don't take yourself too seriously.
4. When you're hiring, is there anything in particular on a resume that makes you pick up the phone to schedule an interview?
Just the facts. Don't make something sound like it isn't in reality. 
5. What should job-seekers keep in mind when interviewing?
When you interview, that's the office/place you most want to be. Practice humility. Interviewer is unlikely to think you are as great as you may think you are.

Thanks Robert!

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