Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility IN THE NEWS: NBC News Reports on Former Obama Official Jim Messina's Endorsement of Marco Lopez for Governor - Marco Lopez for Governor

IN THE NEWS: NBC News Reports on Former Obama Official Jim Messina’s Endorsement of Marco Lopez for Governor

Today, NBC News Correspondent Vaughn Hillyard reported on former Obama official Jim Messina’s endorsement of Marco Lopez for governor. Messina served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations from 2009-2011 and ran President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign. 

Hillyard described this endorsement as a move that could give Marco footing to gain ground on his primary opponent, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Hobbs has faced scrutiny in recent months for her involvement in the firing of Talonya Adams, a Black staffer who was awarded $2.75 million by a jury in November that found the State Senate under the leadership of Hobbs had discriminated and retaliated against Adams.

On Hobbs, Marco Lopez said, “We know there’s a large degree of undecided voters throughout the state of Arizona, and we encounter them,” adding: “They’re waiting for us to come in off the sidelines and make our case known.”

The Lopez campaign released Jim Messina’s endorsement this morning, in which he emphasized the importance for Democrats in Arizona to put up a candidate who can excite and empower the entirety of the base: 

“Working together under President Obama, I knew that I could always count on Marco to find solutions to complicated problems,” said Jim Messina. “He is the kind of leader who will deliver real results for Arizonans. There is so much on the line in this election—not just for Arizona, but for the whole country. If we want Arizona to go blue in November, we need someone like Marco on the ticket who can excite Latinos and the diverse coalition that helped President Biden win Arizona in 2020.”

Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes in the Promise of Arizona – the promise that if you work hard, play by the rules, and treat people with respect then you can make it here in our state. It’s this idea that led Marco’s parents to immigrate to Arizona from Mexico nearly 50 years ago. They didn’t start out with much, but they dreamed that Marco and his sisters could do better than they did. That’s just what happened—Marco and his sisters were the first generation in their family to go to college. Once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back. At just 21-years-old he ran for mayor of his hometown of Nogales and won, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the country. After winning two mayoral elections, Governor Napolitano asked Marco to serve at the state level as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce where he oversaw critical trade relationships in the state. Next, President Obama asked Marco to serve at the national level, where he oversaw a $15 billion budget and 60,000 people. In 2011, Marco left the administration to start his own small business here in Arizona just like his parents had done 40 years before. Over the past ten years Marco’s company has brought high speed internet to 1 million low income families and is on track to create 15,000 jobs right here in Arizona. Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes the Promise of Arizona is still possible, but for too many people in our state today it’s out of reach. Marco has the leadership experience in the private and public sector to make that promise of opportunity that brought his parents to Arizona a reality for everyone. For more information, please visit www.marcolopez.com. 

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