WASHINGTON, DC: The House Democratic Caucus has scored a PR coup in its quest to put its party and members in the passing lane of the information highway.
WASHINGTON, DC: The House Democratic Caucus has scored a PR coup in
its quest to put its party and members in the passing lane of the
America Online chairman and CEO Steve Case and Time Warner chairman
Gerald Levin addressed the Caucus’ annual retreat last weekend on the
importance of the ’new economy.’ The caucus, under the leadership of
Rep. Martin Frost, has been meeting with hi-tech industry leaders over
the past year.
Case and Levin reportedly agreed to the appearance after their
mega-merger was announced last month.
While the Case/Levin chat significantly upped the amount of attention
paid to the Caucus get-together, other sessions served as a how-to
primer for Democrats not yet riding the hi-tech wave. Attendees
participated in a ’Communication in the New Millennium’ sit-down, while
other sessions instructed legislators on how to prepare effective web
sites as well as fine-tune their e-mail strategies to reach constituents
- areas where neither the GOP nor Democrats have a decided
The Democrats’ overture to the hi-tech community makes sense, especially
since, as one party strategist put it, ’Many of the hi-tech issues do
not fit into the typical partisan boxes.’ Jerry Climer of the
nonpartisan Congressional Institute added, ’House members have been
playing catch-up for some time,’ His belief is that having members stay
up-to-date on tech trends is important for both individual careers, and
the health of the institution.