James Kotecki

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James Kotecki (born 23 October 1985 in Syracuse, New York) is an American video blogger, online commentator, and self-described "political geek" who turned into a YouTube celebrity during the United States presidential election in 2008.[1][2]

Education and Rise to Fame[edit]

James graduated from Raleigh Charter High School, then magna cum laude from Georgetown University in May 2007 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service.

As a senior student at Georgetown, James spent his spare time in his dormitory, creating videos critiquing the 2008 presidential campaign candidates, and subsequently posting them on YouTube.[3]

His witty and slightly cynical remarks and occasional rapping and playing the guitar in his videos had caught the attention of many people including politicians who agreed to appear in his dormitory for an interview;[1][4] namely, Mike Gravel, former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska and a candidate in the 2008 presidential election, and Ron Paul, Republican Congressman for the State of Texas.[3][5] James was also able to interview Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.[6]

James’ video commentaries also attracted The Politico and offered him full-time employment as a video blogger.[7] At The Politico, James wrote, produced and hosted his own online video series called KoteckiTV.[8]

James Kotecki now does public policy research and analysis for The Cypress Group.

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