Speakers: Luke Bernstein, Executive Director of the PA State Republican Party; Mary Isenhour, Executive Director of the PA State Democratic Party. Moderator: James Hoefler, Political Science Department (Nov 6, 2008 at Dickinson College, Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues) About the Speakers Luke Bernstein, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Republican Party, worked last year with former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and guided the state GOP to many critical and successful wins in 2007. During the 2008 presidential race, he worked within the Republican Party to promote Republican Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain. Mary Isenhour, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Party, served as director of the Coordinated Campaign for the re-election of Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Bob Casey in 2006. She was also a senior advisor to T.J. Rooney during his time as Party chairman and member of PA House of Representatives. Most recently, the first item on her agenda was to help Senator Barack Obama win the White House. In the spring of 2008, Bernstein and Isenhour, the two people who ran the day-to-day operations of Pennsylvania's Democratic and Republican parties, came together to teach a class on the presidential election at Dickinson College.
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