On Saturday night, Democratic GAIN teamed up with the AAPC to announce the "Democratic GAIN Rookie of the Year" Pollie Award. The winner was selected by the AAPC panel of judges after dozens of Democratic GAIN members nominated their favorite rookies from the 2008 cycle.
I was very proud to present the award to Emmy Ruiz, who cut her teeth on the Clinton campaign in the primary, and then completed the cycle at the Young Democrats of America.
Emmy has shown she is a person who possesses that elusive ability to be assertive without being aggressive and a natural ability to lead and motivate teammembers when it’s needed (oh, and she always instinctively knows when it’s needed)
She can organize anything – from a field office full of volunteers to an earned media event with hundreds of reporters – like a pro.
Add to that a great sense of humor, a keen mind, an ability to roll with the punches, and that likability X factor that just makes you want to be around her.
We are eager to watch her grow and excel in her political career.
Thank you again to the dozens of people who took the time to nominate their favorite Rookie! I know there were many exceptional new talents out there this year and I wish to thank them all for their hard work and I hope they continue on their political career path!
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