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February 11, 2016

Ronnie Cho ‘Very Close’ to Making Decision on House Run in Arizona

(Grace Dobush/CQ Roll Call)

AUSTIN, Texas — Ronnie Cho, a former White House staffer, is “very close” to making a decision on whether he’ll run for Arizona’s 7th District this year.

The Arizona he knows and loves “hasn’t been represented by the people who are put up for office,” Cho said. “Certainly I’m an unconventional candidate, if that’s the case. I haven’t gone through the ranks, but maybe that’s OK.”
Cho was moderating a panel on youth activism at the South By Southwest Interactive festival. The son of Korean immigrants was President Barack Obama’s associate director of public engagement, focusing on outreach to millennials and writing for the White House’s For the Win blog.

The district is open because of Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor’s retirement. Another Democrat, Arizona state Rep. Ruben Gallego, has already thrown his hat in the ring.

The deadline to file in Arizona is May 28. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the district as Safe Democrat.

  • Andre Leonard

    Now that’s a hard choice. Either join the private sector where accountability is a requirement or obtain a congressional seat where one can easily stay for lifetime working 4 months out of the year.

  • JayfromBrooklyn

    Or get a job for Obama, where if you fail you can always just get promoted…

  • DarkKnight2016

    And achieve lifetime benefits if you stay at least 5 years

  • Mark Uss

    The most common illusions conjured up to justify today’s collectivist central planning and coercion include “social justice”, “fair” income distribution, and stopping “global warming”.

  • Barry Mole

    Oh he is a hard core Obama-ite like Arizona’s RINOs John McCain and Jeff Flake.

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