Sunday 11th December 2016,

Asian Americans

Clinton’s AAPI Outreach Director Resigns

posted by Randall
Lisa Changadeveja

Lisa Changadeveja

By Ed Diokno
 
Just as the Presidential campaigns are moving into the states that have significant numbers of AAPI voters, the director of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Asian American and Pacific Islander outreach efforts is leaving.
 
Lisa Changadeveja’s resignation was announced on Saturday by Clinton’s campaign. She announced her departure via email a day earlier, Changadeveja said she had “tremendous faith in the campaign’s commitment and ability to continue engaging our community as we move through the rest of the primary and prepare for the general election” the campaign said in a statement.
 
“I will be leaving Hillary for America as I have recently accepted a new job at the Colorado Democratic Party,” Changadeveja said in the email, Reuters reported.
 
“She was an instrumental part of helping build our AAPI program and those efforts will continue with events over the next few weeks,” campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said. “The campaign is expected to announce a new Director of AAPI Outreach very soon.”

 

Changadeveja, a Thai American, left her position in the campaign to work with the Democratic Party in Colorado. She worked for the Democrats in Colorado for three months in 2014 to improve voter turnout in that state.

 

The Republicans had their own take on what happened.
 
“Clinton’s track record of consistent flip-flops on the issues, and support of failed Democrat policies that continue to hurt AAPI communities are a clear indication Clinton is the wrong choice for AAPI voters across the country.” said Ninio Fetalvo, the Republican National Committee’s AAPI Press Secretary
 
AAPI people form about 6 percent of the U.S. population, a figure that does not include people of mixed race, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
They make up nearly 15 percent of the population of California, which holds its nominating contest in June, and around 9 percent of the state of Washington, which holds its Democratic caucus on March 26.
 
Asian Americans, along with other minority voters, have been breaking for Clinton in the primaries and caucuses that will determine the nominee for the Democratic Party and in some instances, such as in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Illinois, proved to be the determining factor in Clinton’s victories.

 

Besides California and Washington, AAPI voters could be critical in New York, Hawaii and New Jersey, all delegate-rich states

 

(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)
 
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