Dec 5, 2012, 8:58 AM
The forthcoming official visit to The Gambia of Ms Sky
Gallegos, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Intergovernmental Affairs for the
Democratic National Convention, promises to be an exciting one. Ms Gallegos's
background is rich and stout; she is steeped in American politics, having
worked in the last three presidential elections, worked with state and local
officials for the last 15 years, some of these being senior positions in
government, corporate, non-profit and campaign areas. She was until recently, a
partner with Hilltop Public Solutions, a public affair, strategic
communications and campaign consulting firm in
In inviting her over to The Gambia, the US Embassy in
One of the issues we would like Ms Gallegos to speak on is the gender dimension in the 2008 presidential election. Is it a one-off thing or is it a phenomenon that has come to stay?
We would also like her to speak impact of the Obama phenomenon on the future of American politics. Over four decades ago, a visionary dreamed that "one day the sons of slaves and sons of former slave owners will sit down on the table of brotherhood". Is that dream being fulfilled in a significant way in the likely presidential victory of Mr Barack Obama on November 4?
The Gambian public would like to know what measures the American government has put in place to guard against the shame of the 2000 presidential election? We would also like to know why a winner of the popular vote is denied victory in the American electoral system? Is it that electoral system compatible with democracy, as we know it? These are some of the issues begging for clarification, explanation or analysis.
We also want to use this opportunity of Ms Gallegos's visit
to reaffirm our endorsement of Mr Barack Obama. We had earlier affirmed on this
page that he would be
We look forward to meeting Ms Sky Gallegos at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on 14 October.
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