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Dave Trotter – Founder of The Political Hurricane.

Dave started his political career in 1991 when he joined the Orange County DEC. Since then, he has worked on a number of campaigns and political organizations throughout the United States.

His first campaign experience was working with the Tom Harkin for President campaign in 1992. Once Harkin dropped out of the Presidential race, Dave jumped over to the Buddy Dyer for State Senate campaign. Since then, he has worked on local races, such as Orange County School Board race, to national races, working in 2008 for the John Edwards for President campaign in Nevada, in charge of three rural Nevada counties. Presidential, state legislature, congressional, US Senate, Dave has done them all, and throughout the nation as well.

On the organizational level, Dave was first elected Vice President of the Central Florida Young Democrats in 1992. Since then, he was the founder of the Pasco County Young Democrats in 1994, and National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Utah, where he was instrumental at putting Utah on the Young Democrat’s map by organizing an effort to get the YDA National Convention to Salt Lake City. In a battle with San Francisco, Salt Lake City was only two votes short of getting the convention.

As far as governmental experience, Dave interned for Senator Bob Graham in his Tampa office in 1994.

Dave received his BA in Political Science at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He is currently working on his Masters Degree at Eastern Illinois University, focusing on Arctic (or High North) Politics and other issues of international relations. Dave also attended the University of Utah (same institute as Karl Rove), where he made the Dean’s List and was one of the top political science classes. Dan Jones, a Utah political pollster, called Dave Trotter an “expert on numbers and Florida politics”.

Dave currently works for Studio 51 Music, where he does music production for television and cinema.

email: davetrotter@thepoliticalhurricane.com
Available for only audio media until July of 2012, then available for all media.

Kartik Krishnaiyer – Co-Editorial Chief of The Political Hurricane.

Kartik Krishnaiyer began his political involvement as President of the University of Florida College Democrats in the mid 1990s.

Beginning in 1998, Krishnaiyer worked in Government and Public Relations for a decade. His work included several notable political campaigns, consulting for nonprofits and advocacy organizations as well as advising numerous elected officials and Governmental agencies. Before becoming a consultant, Krishnaiyer served as a staffer in the Florida House of Representatives and as Political Director of several organizations, and campaigns. He was heavily involved in the 2000 Presidential recount in Palm Beach County on behalf of the Palm Beach Democratic Party and the 2002 Legislative Redistricting in Florida. He served as the Statewide field coordinator for the Florida Democratic Party working via the DEC Chairs Association during the 2002 Election cycle. Krishnaiyer ran several local campaigns in the 2002 and 2004 election cycle primarily in Palm Beach County but also in Central Florida and Broward County. In 2006, Krishnaiyer worked with several winning candidates for state legislature in a watershed year for Democrats.

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he has since January 2010 been the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including the Guardian and Telegraph.

email: kartik@thepoliticalhurricane.com

Kartik is currently available for all media formats.

6 Responses

  1. I would like to help your site, which I am delighted to find, by copy editing your work. I read the Volusia County piece and have a few suggestions (grammar, punctuation, phrasing, mainly). But I’d like to send the edits to you privately. Could you email me your private address so I can send the stuff to you? I anticipate moving to Volusia County from Hollywood, FL, and one of the important elements in where I live is the political makeup. I’m pleased with what I read here.

  2. Kartik, I not appreciate your comment about Jose Vazquez is a joke. Why you not said Jose Vazquez who are member of the democrat party step up in a race where the chairman of Hillsborough County no brind a democrat leader to represent 32,000 democrats voters of district 58. Why you not comment about 2 leaders of the hcdp discriminate against a Puertorrican and Hispanic candidate. for last tell everybody about I do campaign with no money in other words i not own a favor to nobody.My opponent recognize I’m not a joke and for that reason him expend over 70,000 dollards in his campaing. lest see in November who are joke. Thank you for your opinion but first get inform why Jose Vazquez are a Candidate for state Representative. Tallahassee its a joke and we pay to that clows .

    • Sir, I wish you the best of luck but I am analyzing the campaign and I believe the public spat with the HCDEC was costly and led to a exodus of your supporters. This having been said, I applaud you for recruiting yourself to run as a representative of those Democrats and condemn the HCDEC for not recruiting you or another candidate for the race to represent those Dem voters. But why exactly did you threaten to withdraw from the race because you weren’t getting party support? We have dozens of candidates across the state in the same boat as you, but you went public, made it an issue and embarrassed yourself in the process. You undermined your own candidacy. In the future, the best advice would be to rightly call out the party BUT NOT TO THREATEN TO WITHDRAW FROM A RACE AFTER QUALIFYING.

      These things come with time. Hopefully, the next time you run, if you choose to seek office again you can learn from this error and use it to motivate you and galvanize your supporters.

      Again, best of luck in this race, and I look forward to a meaningful dialogue in the future.

  3. It’s disquieting to see a blog with a misspelling of a highly important word in the second sentence about itself — “Censor” is the word, not “sensor” – a word, but not the one you want.

  4. Thanks for noticing! :) Corrected.

    • I looked everywhere for your email address or contact info settled for this. It has come to pass that the 1st casualty of modern day “journalism” is the truth! In a blog Posted on December 19, 2012 by Dave Trotter about Tant you began your article with false assertions regarding the Bush/Gore election being a narrow win when in reality his win in Florida was a judicial coup de tat as clearly evidenced by the actual unofficail official recount by Ion Sancho conducted strictly under the rules and laws governing such. As you should know a medium consortium sued for the right to hold the recount employing our Capitol County’s SOE the actual outcome was the subject of 3 books including articles in the NYT, Guardian even the Post.
      Please show some respect for the truth by exercising accuracy in reporting. Otherwise it was a great article on Tant stating all the important reasons she should NOT be chair! paeos@aol.com
      Thanks, peace and be well,
      Clay G. Colson
      Board Director and Water Issues Chair
      Citizens for Sanity.Com, Inc.
      Precinct 36 Committeeman PDEC
      Public need over corporate greed
      (813) 601-3391

      http://nowdc.org/

      “Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”— Cree Indian Proverb

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