Taveras Hires Campaign Manager; Two Top Aides to Depart

Oct 31, 2013

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has hired Danny Kedem, an operative who formerly led Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid, to run his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Yet the more interesting news is the seeming precipitous departure of two key advisers to Taveras, deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.

Campaign spokesman Peter Baptista says Kedem most recently worked on field efforts for the pro-same-sex marriage Human Rights Campaign in a few different states. Kedem managed Weiner's ill-fated New York City mayor campaign before that. Kedem departed after Weiner got himself back into hot water during the mayoral bid.

Kedem's resume also includes managing the most recent re-election for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, and work congressional campaigns in New York and California.

The move to hire Kedem, and the pending departure of Jerzyk and Lynch, was first reported, respectively, by Ted Nesi and Nesi and Dan McGowan at WPRI.com.

According to a statement from Taveras's City Hall spokesman, David Ortiz, Lynch resigned Wednesday "to pursue professional opportunities outside city government." The departure of Lynch, who previously worked at the PR and consulting shop Advocacy Solutions, is effective November 30. A similar explanation was cited for the resignation of Jerzyk, whose exit is scheduled December 31. Jerzyk founded the Rhode Island's Future blog and has run and advised a number of local political campaigns.

Taveras praised Jerzyk and Lynch via statement, praising their abilities and efforts on the part of the city. Both are respected for their political savvy and organizational skills. Neither is slated to be working on Taveras' run for governor.