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In mid March, the RNC announced that it would hire a high-profile Silicon Valley CTO by May 1st:
“The RNC will significantly restructure our digital strategy, moving to center the RNC around digital and data, and fully integrate within the entire organization,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski announced Tuesday.
May 1st has come and gone, and it appears that this deadline was missed, but, there have been three names floated for this position: Katie Harbath (Manager, Public Policy for Facebook), Rob Saliterman (Senior Account Executive at Google), and Mindy Finn (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Politics & Advocacy for Twitter). Whereas these three candidates are most assuredly highly talented individuals in their fields, and they do possess the a top tier web company pedigree, they don’t appear to have the skills necessary to apply technology to impact the political landscape. At a minimum, the RNC should make sure that all serious candidates can address the following issues:
The job of a CTO in this type of an organization is primarily building detailed specifications for systems, and then managing a collection of employees and contractors to deliver fully working systems in a timely manner. This requires an extensive experience base, which is critical for avoiding design mistakes as well as in completing projects successfully. It’s a really difficult job, and it can’t be farmed out to consultants, as we’ve experienced in the last election cycle.
This new CTO needs to deliver a system that is different than what the Democrats have, because Republican and Independent voters are substantially different than Democrat voters. Republicans don’t have an unlimited supply of paid election workers like the Democrats have (union workers), and Republican voters can’t be herded on buses like Democrat voters can, and Republican voters won’t typically sell their votes for cigarettes and lottery tickets. Republicans have to build systems that are smarter, systems that get micro-targeted information to voters that convince them in the importance of their vote and that demonstrate how the candidate matches their criterion. Also voters need to have timely micro-targeted information about voting logistics such that they are able to follow through and vote. The RNC raised the profile of this position with their bold announcement. It’s now time to deliver a quality hire that can significantly increase Republican/Conservative voter participation.