© RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch

Century Marks

A Democratic Jonah: On Sunday mornings you may find Leah Daughtry preaching to her small Pentecostal, African-American church in Southwest Washington, D.C. During the week she serves as chief of staff to Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee. Dean appointed Daughtry the chief executive of the Democratic Party’s convention, which takes place this month, and he backed her plan to reach out to religious voters, especially evangelicals and Catholics, to try to convince them that faith and values are important to the Democratic Party. While Daughtry acknowledges that God has given her the gifts of administration, she still wonders at times why God has put her in this insider role. “It’s the story of Jonah,” she says. “There’s no point running from God. He’ll find you” (New York Times Magazine, July 20).


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