Alex Brant-Zawadzki is an entry-level writer who blogs at Huffington Post, where he writes about the Tea Party movement from an antagonistic perspective. He also works for "Organizing for America" in either a volunteer or a paid capacity (online resources provide conflicting evidence on this.)
Brant-Zawadzki identifies himself as a "secular humanist". He supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.. Brant-Zawadski has worked as an Organizing for America volunteer, relative to which he said, "My main responsibility as an organizing for america volunteer is to monitor social media."
Brant-Zawadzki attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire that in 2009-2010 charged $38,720/year in tuition. For college, he attended the University of St. Andrews, a costly private college in Scotland.
He has expressed a desire to be paid for his online work. The "wallpaper" on his Twitter account says, "Jesus is Black, Ronald Reagan is the Devil, and the Government is Lying About Nine/Eleven".
Commentary on Tea Parties
- "Actually, at the moment, their goal seems to be winning elections, so they DO work for their local city, county and/or state government in ORDER to make the changes they so viciously scream they want. The ones screaming are a delightful and effective distraction from those working behind the scenes, those misinforming, orchestrating and enabling the shouters and screamers."
- "We all have a right to free speech. That means you can shout whatever you want, but the moment you start shouting over someone else and depriving them of their right to free speech, that's when activism becomes Un-American. If two or more people act to deprive a third party of their constitutional rights, that is known as a Civil Conspiracy and is a legitimate cause of action in a court of law."
- "Teabagging is only the latest fad for the Vast Right-Wing Conpsiracy."
Brant-Zawadzki's employment status is unclear, although as of August 2009 it appears that he was employed by Pamela Coukas and was responsible for promoting her online writings: "Recommend this Daily Kos Diary! My boss wrote it, and if I get it on the list of top diary entries I get brownie points!"
Coukos describes herself online as, "I'm 40 something feminist civil rights lawyer & mom of two small kids. I live in Oakland where I'm also going to grad school. I was an RFD for the Obama campaign and am now a volunteer with OFA California." However, in her online biography for an appearance at the 2009 Netroots Nation event, Coukas described herself as "...serving as the state Training Director for Organizing for America - California."
Coukos has a Twitter account where she describes herself as an organizer with Organizing for America: "Go OFA_CA! 14 trainings across the state today, 4 more tomorrow - all led by the vols on the ground. We train to win".
Although Brant-Zawadzki says that he works for Coukas, her online statements make it difficult to determine who she works for. She appears to participate at a moderately high organizational level, writing in August 2009, "I recall, at some point in October 2008, that the President called us all together on the phone. He wanted to be absolutely clear about our obligation to the campaign, to each other and to our nation -- that it would be a terrible crime to fail to close the deal. After all the hard work by so many for so long, we needed to double down and "leave it all on the field. When he finished, David Plouffe reinforced the message with a single sentence, which we immediately scrawled on the white board where we tracked our phonebank stats: 'let's go out and win this f*cking thing.' Let's start with the most important number in the debate: 19.5 years. On average, a window of political opportunity on healthcare opens every 19.5 years. That's how long we might wait for the chance to fix healthcare to come around again. You know what you need to do. The President just told you how you can help. Let's go out and win this f*cking thing."
Alex Brant-Zawadzki's biography at the Huffington Post says, "Though born in the Bay Area he was raised in Newport Beach, went to high school in New Hampshire and attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland", omitting any mention of the fact that the specific school he attended in New Hampshire was Phillips Exeter Academy, a luxurious private high school attended by children of American's wealthy left-wing elite.
- Alex Brant-Zawadski's Twitter account
- Alex Brant-Zawadski's personal blog, "Just One Man's Opinion"
- Alex Brant-Zawadski's Organizing for America site
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 About Alex Brant-Zawadski
- ↑ September 23 Tweet
- ↑ December 3, 2009 Tweet
- ↑ Tea Parties Organizing, Training For 2010 Under The Radar, November 23, 2009
- ↑ What's wrong with the American Liberty Alliance?"
- ↑ November 16 Tweet
- ↑ August 20 Tweet
- ↑ FemLaw's self-description
- ↑ Pamela Coukas self-biography
- ↑ Coukos Tweet of December 5, 2009
- ↑ "Let's Go Out and Win This F*cking Thing"
- ↑ "Yes We Did? How Blogging Can (and Can’t) Support a Field Campaign"
- ↑ "The Monthly"
- ↑ Huffington Post biography of Alex Brant-Zawadzki