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A Few Words With Former Taj Clayton Campaign Manager

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Renee Hartley, former Taj Clayton Campaign Manager (and sometimes DSN Contributor) talks about her decision to leave her position.  Taj Clayton is a candidate for U.S. House District 30.

Interview by Shawn Williams

Shawn Williams: The Dallas Morning News reported that 3 staffers left the Clayton campaign this week.  Why did you leave your post as Campaign Manager?

Renee Hartley: I left the campaign due to philosophical differences with a member of the new consulting team on how staff should be treated. I want to be clear about this in particular, I left the campaign on my own terms.

SW: How should voters take such significant changes two months away from the primary?

RH: Campaign teams are fluid. The only constant is the candidate. The voters should take a look at Taj and what he hopes to accomplish for District 30.

SW:  Do you still feel Clayton is the best candidate for District 30?

RH:  I believe, if elected, Taj will serve the people of District 30 well. But, in the end, it’s the people who decide who is the best candidate.

SW: You’ve been very active in the campaign of some young Democrats in Dallas County, how will it feel not having that same opportunity with Clayton?

RH: I am happy to play my role in helping the next generation of leadership flourish. There will be other opportunities.

  • Ken R. Whittaker

    Well said.

  • George Bender

    Does Mr. Clayton not feel anyone from the district he wants to represent is capable of handling the job? Another Harvard educated brother thinking he know everything. I am becoming less impressed with Mr. Clayton as his campaign continues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707903 Jonathan White

    How is that “well said”, Mr. Whittaker. George Bender, have you met Mr. Clayton? Have you spoken to him at all? do you know what Mr. Clayton thinks or what drives him? Do you know the impact of his Harvard education on his views or thoughts?

    I suggest you take the time to get to know Mr. Clayton before you throw wild allegations about his character. I’ve known Taj Clayton for well over 15 years. I know about his upbringing in urban PA… I know how close tragedy has affected he and his family… I know how he escaped the circumstances of his home to get an education so he could create a better life for his family and give others someone to look up to.

    It’s sad in 2012 that folks can’t look at a “Harvard educated brother” as something positive and worth aspiring to. Instead we STILL demonize “brothers” who are trying to lift themselves up and those around them. I guess we should uplift those who don’t seek to achieve at the highest level in our communities. And you claim Mr. Clayton is one “separating” himself!

  • Ken R. Whittaker

    Well said…
    “RH: Campaign teams are fluid. The only constant is the candidate. The voters should take a look at Taj and what he hopes to accomplish for District 30.

    RH: I believe, if elected, Taj will serve the people of District 30 well. But, in the end, it’s the people who decide who is the best candidate.

    RH: I am happy to play my role in helping the next generation of leadership flourish. There will be other opportunities.”

  • http://twitter.com/BAdetiba Bab W. Adetiba

    This is an interesting leave. I am sure Hartley, with her experience and intellect, will find another campaign to manage.

  • http://twitter.com/BAdetiba Bab W. Adetiba

    This is an interesting leave. I am sure Hartley, with her experience and intellect, will find another campaign to manage.

  • Gloria

    I don’t see how a carpet bagger who has lived in the district for less than four years and has never held a public office is equipped for a job as big as this. Perhaps he should set his sights a little lower to start… like school board… or garbage man.

  • Cordell Cameron

    I went down and met Taj Clayton a few days ago. He took the time to have a conversation with me. I was there only to support a friend that had taken an interest in his campaign. Today, I went and knocked on 40 doors for him in south Dallas. Only 1 person told me they weren’t voting for him. Most of them said they would and several asked for a sign to put in their front yard. People online can pretend that having a Harvard education somehow keeps a man from understanding the issues that are important to working class families, but that’s a really ignorant assumption. I respect him for his dedication to his education and for his decision to come back to south Dallas and support this community. There’s a lot of people suffering in his district and they have been for a long time. Maybe he’s naive to think he can fix all of the problems down here, but when he says that’s what he intends to do, I can tell he believes it and you know what… the people representing that district now have had all the time in the world to give it their best shot. It’s Taj’s turn now. Like Mr. White said below, I highly recommend going and speaking with the man. On a side note, anyone listing a higher education from a school as prestigious as Harvard as a con on their list should probably seek some high education of their own.

  • Cordell Cameron

    Check out this Taj Clayton Campaign video, produced by Grammy nominated artist Ryan Leslie: http://youtu.be/U7T5psHRFB0

  • Anonymous

    Your comments don’t make sense. Do you expect him to say ‘I know I’m running for Congress, but I think EBJ can do a better job?’ He’s obviously running because he think he has something better and different to offer the people in his district.

    And as for your negative Harvard comment, I can only say give me more, more , more Harvard educated black men and women. Do you have a problem with our Harvard-educated president? So far what your post has told me is that you’re less impressed with Mr. Clayton because he’s “another Harvard educated brother thinking he know everything.” And that he feels he’s the only one from the district he wants to represent, capable of handling the job. Last I checked, there were a few other people running for the same job as Mr. Clayton.

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