Political Communications Consultant Chris Sautter '78 on the GOP's Race Problem
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 published an article on Howey Politics Indiana arguing that the Republican Party has alienated non-white voters in America over the past 40 years.
Chris Sautter says, "Though Romney did speak to the NAACP in general terms about education and black unemployment, he failed to address key issues that prevent the GOP from attracting any new African American voters. In particular, the Republican Party’s manic pursuit of voter identification laws that unquestionably will have the effect of disenfranchising tens of thousands of black, Latino, and low-income voters have hardened negative feelings toward the GOP among non-whites, particularly blacks. Those negative impressions were further solidified by the recent Republican-led congressional contempt citation of Eric Holder, the first African American Attorney General in U.S. history, which many blacks believe was racially motivated."
Read the full article in Howey Politics Indiana, "Chris Sautter: The GOP's race problem"
Chris Sautter is a political communications consultant. For nearly three years he worked as political director of the Washington, D.C.-based Axelrod Associates, a political media firm. From 1998 to 1991, Sautter worked with clients including Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher, Indiana Democratic Rep. Frank McCloskey and Indiana Rep. Jill Long Thompson.
In 1992 Sautter opened his own political communications firm, Sautter Communications, producing media for for several high-profile Democratic candidates, namely President Barack Obama. He has worked with EMILY's List, an organization aimed at electing pro-choice women. He also served as the political director for Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) in his 1992 bid for president and a member of the national staff for Illinois Democratic Sen. Paul Simon's 1998 presidential campaign.
He has served as special counsel to the Democratic National Committee on campaign finance reform. He has also advised Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee on contested elections. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and he has directed films focused on politics and the music industry. He is also an adjunct faculty member at American University.