QUOTES - October 11, 2007

Indiana gov breaks some eggs
by Louis Jacobson, Columnist

The Republican-leaning north side of Indianapolis has been hit especially hard, said Democratic consultant Chris Sautter, who is advising former U.S. Rep. Jill Long Thompson (D-Ind.) in her bid against Daniels. “You can’t pass a block without seeing half a dozen signs” bemoaning high taxes, Sautter said.

NPR's Morning Edition - September 19, 2007

Obama's Loss May Have Aided White House Bid
by Don Gonyea

Five months before election day, something happened that made a come-from-behind victory for Obama all but impossible. Rush's 29-year-old son, Huey Rich, was murdered on Chicago's South Side.

Such personal tragedy brought a huge outpouring of public support and sympathy.

Consultant Chris Sautter, who worked on the Obama 2000 campaign, said the shooting, "washed away most of the negative feelings people might have had about Bobby Rush."

"At that point it became clear that this was a pretty tall mountain to climb," Sautter said.

The New York Times - September 9, 2007

In 2000, a Streetwise Veteran Schooled a Bold Young Obama by Janny Scott

Then in mid-October, Mr. Rush’s 29-year-old son, Huey Rich, was shot on his way home from a grocery store. He hung between life and death for four days. Mr. Rush benefited from an outpouring of sympathy; the wake was studded with politicians and there were renewed calls for gun control, one of Mr. Rush’s causes.

“That incident seemed to wash away any bad feelings that voters had or might have had about Bobby Rush,” said Chris Sautter, whose communications firm worked on the Obama campaign. - April 2003

Bush v. Gore Revisited by Stephen Murdoch

Daley, Klain, and Mitchell Berger, a Florida lawyer, discussed suing over the butterfly ballot, but Young and his recount colleague Chris Sautter maintained that close elections are won by recounts—the broader the better—and not lawsuits. …

Young and Sautter pushed to do a statewide recount, but Christopher, Daley, and Klain felt the mechanisms were too cumbersome and the political risks too great.

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