November 01, 2007

Racial diversity in 2008 presidential campaign staffs

Via Alas!:

I'm curious to see what people think of this information. Here are some pithy thoughts to get us started:

  1. The Republicans are not doing very well in this department, are they?
  2. WTF Giuliani, how do you even do that?
  3. As Alas! pointed out, Obama has the largest percentage of Black staffers, and Richardson has the largest percentage of Latin@ staffers. Clinton has the largest percentage of Asian staffers, though, and it's not immediately obvious to me why this might be.
What do you think about this graph? Does anything surprise you?


Anonymous said...

I think that the distribution of Asian (Asian-American?) campaign staffers is particularly interesting.


emily2 said...

how many staffers does each candidate have? if a candidate has 10 staffers each, these stats mean nothing. but if a candidate has 1000 staffers each, then there may be something behind the numbers...

spork said...

Good point, emily2. I wasn't able to track down the numbers of staffers for the original post, but I just got my hands on DiversityInc's original report (free subscription with any email account, you need to register), and here's what they report for number of staffers:

Clinton 63
Richardson 26
Obama 14
Edwards 21
Biden 13
McCain 20
Romney 24
Giuliani 15

Also, for comparison, the national work-force averages at 29% people of color, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Daisy said...

This is very informative.. Thanks for sharing!