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Chris Evans

Lincoln DSA Facebook group

Members of the Lincoln Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of April 1, 2017, included Chris Evans.

Working for Beto

April 2019 atop adviser to Beto O'Rourke, Becky Bond, split with his campaign.

Bond, a longtime progressive activist and organizer known for her work on O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, left the campaign along with her deputy Zack Malitz. Malitz worked closely with Bond on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first presidential campaign in 2016.

The departures come as O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, has sought to professionalize a campaign operation that was, in its earliest days, small and freewheeling. O’Rourke announced his run for the presidency less than a month ago.

In March, he recruited Jen O’Malley Dillon, a veteran operative who served in top leadership roles for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, to serve as his campaign manager.

Chris Evans, a spokesperson for O’Rourke, did not address questions about the reasons for the departures or whether Bond and Malitz left voluntarily.

Evans said that Bond and Malitz, who worked for O’Rourke during the 2018 Senate race, only served as employees on a “temporary” one-month basis. Democratic operatives who have worked with Bond this year say she considered herself a central part of O’Rourke’s 2020 operation.

In a statement about her and Malitz’s departure to BuzzFeed News, Bond said it was “time for us to move on to other challenges.”

“Launching a presidential campaign without a big staff or even a campaign manager was no easy feat and it took everyone pitching in,” she said. “We’re proud to have been part of the team of deeply dedicated staff and volunteers who nearly pulled off a historic upset in the 2018 Texas Senate race and broke records launching Beto’s campaign for the presidency.”

They remain “volunteers” for the O’Rourke campaign, according to Evans.[1]

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