Obama disciple gets support from Chicago friends
January 8th, 2017
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The night before President Barack Obama makes his farewell speech at McCormick Place, one of his disciples will take center stage at a Chicago fundraiser.
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake, a Northwestern grad who went on to work for Obama’s political campaign and then in the White House, will be feted Monday at Velvet Lounge in the South Loop. The event is a fundraiser for his campaign as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“He’s talented with a bright future,” says city Treasurer Kurt Summers, who’s considered a candidate for governor. He’s a co-host along with John Rogers Jr., an Obama friend and CEO of Ariel Investments, and Ariel executive John Oxtoby.
Others supporters include Michael Strautmanis, the former White House aide who now serves as vice president of civic engagement of the Obama Foundation; former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau; former Obama body man Reggie Love; Aditi Hardikar, who worked in Chicago for Obama for America’s LGBT Leadership Council; Alaina Beverly, a White House urban affairs official who now works for University of Chicago; Buffy Wicks, who worked for Obama for America before serving as Hillary Clinton’s California state director; Darienne Page and London Rakestraw, the former Obama for America employees who married and now work in Chicago; political strategist Endy Zemenides; Chicago political fundraiser Hanah Jubeh; 270 strategies Principal Hari Sevugan; and Lisa Kohnke, who works in government relations in the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.