Obama campaign names faith outreach director

The campaign to re-elect President Obama has picked a 23-year-old evangelical to run faith outreach. The appointment of Michael Wear, … Continued

The campaign to re-elect President Obama has picked a 23-year-old evangelical to run faith outreach.

The appointment of Michael Wear, an assistant in the small White House office that works with faith-based social service groups, ends consternation by some religious progressives that the campaign slot had not been filled. Since 2008 some religious progressives, including a handful that worked for the Obama campaign, have felt faith concerns and language and image haven’t been high enough priorities for the president’s inner circle.

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign.

Wear interned during the 2008 campaign and then joined the White House’s office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where he is the assistant to director Joshua Dubois.

Wear, a married Buffalo native, has focused on outreach to evangelicals, particularly on the issue of adoption. He worships at the nondenominational National Community Church on Capitol Hill.

The Democratic Party has struggled to make major inroads with religious conservatives, though Obama did gain several points over John Kerry among Catholics and evangelicals.

  • msvihl

    Kind of young, with little experience. Something smells!! Don’t trust Obama on anything. Christians don’t act like this guy ever. Then for him to appoint someone so “green” (excuse the pun) is up to no good. He can fool some of us , but He is not fooling God!

  • msvihl

    To appoint someone so “green” excuse the pun,but was intended; Obama is up to no good! Do Not trust this so called “CHRISTIAN’ to appoint anyone ever!

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