RNS Names Most Influential Democrats on Religious Issues

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By: E&P Staff

Religion News Service (RNS) has named the “Dozen Most Influential Democrats” on issues of faith and religion.

The list was culled from dozens of interviews by RNS editors and reporters. It includes familiar faces — such as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois — and people behind the scenes.

“When John Kerry’s handling of religion fell flat with most voters in 2004, the Democrats promised to do better,” said RNS editor Kevin Eckstrom. “We wanted to find out what’s happened since then.”

Among the others on the list are Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic National Committee chief of staff Leah Daughtry, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry, Washington Monthly magazine’s Amy Sullivan, and Rabbi David Saperstein.

Two stories will be transmitted to RNS subscribers on Tuesday.

Subscribers include more than 100 daily newspapers.

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