Clinton Chief of Staff & Obama Advisor Podesta Endorses Farkas

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, has announced that John Podesta has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Podesta served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, an advisor to President Obama, and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Farkas is the only candidate in the race with top-level federal legislative and policy experience

"Having served in the Obama Administration with Evelyn Farkas, I know that she has the experience, the knowledge, the judgment and the grit to help our country face down the health and economic crises caused by Covid-19," said Podesta. "New York couldn't have a better person to take the baton from my good friend, Nita Lowey, who has so masterfully represented the 17th District in Congress, and that's why I am proud to endorse Evelyn in this race."

"John has served our last two Democratic presidents, and our 2016 presidential nominee — our neighbor Secretary Clinton — as a trusted advisor with thoughtful, smart advice and admirable dedication, " Farkas said. "At this critical moment in our nation's history, we need a representative who has experience both taking on Trump and getting things done in Congress to follow in Nita Lowey's footsteps. It is a tremendous honor to know that John considers me a worthy successor."

Podesta is the latest senior Obama Administration official to endorse Farkas; the list includes Secretaries John Kerry and Leon Panetta, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Obama's healthcare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel. She has also been endorsed by a number of former and sitting members of Congress, EMILY's List, Foreign Policy for America, Serve America, former NY State Sen. Tom Duane, former NARAL-Pro Choice NY and Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board Chair Jill Lafer, and progressive activists Rob Reiner and Jane Lynch.

The daughter of Hungarian refugees, Farkas, a Westchester native, has represented the United States defending democracy and advancing human rights in the Defense Department and on the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. In addition to serving as executive director of the WMD Commission, she was a human rights officer in Bosnia and a professor at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She has advised numerous former cabinet secretaries, representatives and senators.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester ncluding Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights. District residents interested in Farkas' election campaign can visit evelynforny.comFacebookTwitter and Instagram to learn more, volunteer or contribute.