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.
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.
Kartik is currently available for all media formats.