"No Labels" launches in New York
More than a thousand Democrats, Republicans and independents are expected to converge on New York City on Monday to launch a national political organization to bring together Americans and put an end to damaging partisanship and divisive labels, reports Politics Daily.
"No Labels," the brain-child of Georgetowner Nancy Jacobson, working with an initial $1 million budget, will move to start up citizens chapters in all 435 congressional districts which hopes to exert a moderating influence on the next session of Congress.
"We know there are millions of Americans who are sick of the hyper-partisanship in Washington,'' Mark McKinnon, an Austin-based Republican political adviser who is one of the group's founders, told PD last week.
The group will formally unveil the "No Labels" movement at a daylong convention-style National Founder's Meeting at the Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University with marquee names including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's "Morning Joe;'' and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D).
No Labels' founder Nancy Jacobson of Georgetown is a longtime fundraiser, creator of the Women's Leadership Forum and has worked for Evan Bayh for 15 years. She was an adviser in the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and finance chair of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Leadership Council under Clinton. She is married to pollster Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn.