Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell is hiring Devin "Short Pants" Driscoll, a veteran of Rhode Island political campaigns, to coordinate his exploratory process.
Driscoll left Rhode Island earlier this year for a new gig as Northeast regional director for Organizing for Action, the White House-backed Democratic organizing campaign. Driscoll previously served as communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the group that helped pass same-sex marriage legislation, and he led President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in Rhode Island. Driscoll starts work for Pell today.
Pell filed a notice of organization for a gubernatorial run last month. He told the ProJo's Ed Fitzpatrick, in a column printed Sunday, he hopes to make a decision by late January.
Via news release, Pell said: “Michelle and I are thrilled that Devin has decided to join and coordinate this process. He brings an enormous amount of experience, passion and energy to the position as I continue to meet with Rhode Islanders and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the state.”
Driscoll, who was dubbed with his nickname by the late former governor Bruce Sundlun, has an MPP degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008. He's worked closely with Providence PR man and strategic consultant Bill Fischer, who's aiding Pell with his potential run. Driscoll will be able to focus on the prospective campaign without the possible concerns, as with Fischer, of running a separate business.
Says Driscoll, “I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of campaigns and causes that I believed were integral to moving Rhode Island forward. I’m excited to be back in the Ocean State, working with Clay and Michelle to build an effective organization to support his exploratory process."