Whenever I read the latest off the wall ejaculation of a Donald Trump or a Ben Carson or a... I find myself wondering WTF is going on in the United States? Is it just the Republicans who are freaks, or are the Democrats just as scary?
After stumbling across, and perusing, the website of a breathless young American democrat, Shefali Razdan Duggal, and emerging from the experience gobsmacked, I'm more than ever convinced that the madness over there is bipartisan, across the board, and padded-wall-to-padded-wall.
So who is Shefali Razdan Duggal?
Click the 'About' button on her website and you get the following CV. As I read it, I found all sorts of questions thronging my tired brain: Is this woman normal? Is this normal? Is this what America does to you? Is she off with the pixies? Are they all off with pixies? Whaaat?! Does she have a life? Seriously? Is she for real? Is America for real? Is this what's coming down the US presidential track? And so on.
Yes, the CV which follows is mind-numbingly tedious, but bear with me and read it all the way through because it's the necessary back story for my next post on future President Shefali Razdan Duggal, OK?
"SHEFALI RAZDAN DUGGAL is a member of the Democratic National Committee's National Finance Committee and is a Co-Chair for the DNC Women's Leadership Forum. Shefali is a Presidential Appointee (President Barack Obama) to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, for a term expiring January 15, 2018. She is also on the National Finance Committee for Hillary for America (the Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign). Shefali is also on the National Board of Directors for Emily's List (an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to all levels of government) and is a member of the Democratic National Committee's Hope Institute Board (a network of supporters willing to serve as mentors to Hope Fellows as they explore careers in politics.) Shefali is also on the National Advisory Board of Doctors for America, the National Advisory Board of Beyond Bollywood (Smithsonian Museum), the National Advisory Board of Inside Washington (Miami University), the Advisory Board of Emerge America, Senior Advisor for South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), and an Adviser to viiv.tv. Shefali is involved with Human Rights Watch and currently works on various US Senate and Congressional campaigns throughout the country.
"Previously, Shefali was a member of President Barack Obama's National Finance Committee (NFC) for the 2012 Presidential reelection campaign, a Co-Chair for Obama Victory Trustees (OVT) and a member of the Northern California Finance Committee for President Barack Obama.
"Shefali was a member of the Credentials Standing Committee for the 2012 Democratic Convention and was an At-Large Delegate to the Convention from the State of California. In addition, Shefali was active in Senator Barack Obama' 2008 Presidential campaign where she was a Trustee for the DNC South Asian & Young Professional Outreach, co-hosting a number of fundraising events for both the Senator and his surrogates. She previously worked with Senator Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign where she was a member of the campaign's Northern California Steering committee and the Women for Hillary Committee. Shefali was also on the Finance Committee for the Kamala Harris for California Attorney General Campaign and was a member of her Transition Team. In addition, she was Executive Director of Indus Women Leaders, a national South Asian women's organization, and is a graduate of Emerge, a political leadership training program for Democratic women. Shefali was also a Board Member of the Indian American Leadership Initiative, an organization focused on promoting South Asian political participation. Earlier in her career, Shefali worked as a Political Analyst at Staton Hughes, a political strategy firm, and also worked for the MA Democratic Party, NH Democratic Party, and Senators Ted Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein. Shefali worked on Vice President Al Gore's 2000 Presidential Campaign, and was an At-Large Delegate to the 2000 National Democratic Convention from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Kashmiri born in Hardiwar U.P. India, Shefali moved to the United States at a very young age and grew up in Cincinatti, Ohio. Shefali is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, having received an BS in Mass Communication, with a minor in Political Science. Shefali then went on to receive her MA in Political Communication from New York University. Shefali and her husband, Rajat, have two children and live in San Francisco, California.
To be continued...