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Judd Legum for Maryland State Delegate
March 21, 2009, 6:19 pm
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juddI am thrilled to learn that attorney and blogger Judd Legum is now a candidate for Maryland State Delegate.  Judd is a very smart observer of Maryland politics (with his own blog!), and he has a very impressive political resume including stints as Research Director for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign and for the Center for American Progress.

Judd is also somewhat of a Netroots pioneer.  While at CAP, Judd founded Think Progress, their inhouse blog and one of CAP’s most successful communications vehicles.  This is no small task, not just because Think Progress is an very useful and well-read blog, but because organizational blogs are quite a bit trickier to manage than personal blogs such as this one.  It’s one thing to attract readers to your site through your pointed, take-no-prisoners rhetoric, but organizational bloggers can’t rely simply on their rhetorical flair because, at the end of the day, their writing is attributed to their employer.  Forced to adopt a somewhat moderated tone, organizational bloggers have to attract readers the old-fashioned way—by writing really insightful and well-researched blog posts.  When I was inhouse blogger at the American Constitution Society, I always admired Judd’s ability to walk this line and to produce what is unquestionably the best organizational blog on the Series of Tubes.

So Congrats to Judd on his new venture!  I, for one, plan to contribute to his campaign through his ActBlue page.  I encourage my readers to do the same.

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