Deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
Stephanie Cutter (born October 22, 1968) is an American political consultant. She served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and has previously worked in campaign and communications roles for other Democrats including Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Michelle Obama. The New York Times described her as "a popular but polarizing face of (Obama's) campaign", and a "soldier who says the things the candidate can’t (or won’t) say."
In the 1990s, Cutter worked as a junior aide to Mario Cuomo and also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.
She worked for former President Bill Clinton as Deputy Communications Director at the White House during his administration "to help restore Mr. Clinton’s image in the aftermath of (his) impeachment and Monica Lewinsky", and as Associate Administrator for Communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Beginning in 2001, she served as Communications Director for Senator Ted Kennedy.
In November 2003, she was named communications director for the John Kerry campaign, at Kennedy's recommendation. During that campaign, she was criticized for having a surly and difficult personality and was often scapegoated for Kerry's loss. Kerry considered the criticism of her unfair and praised her work. After the Kerry campaign, Cutter returned to work for Kennedy.
She served as the Chief Spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. She served in the Treasury Department as Timothy Geithner's counselor where "she protected Geithner’s fragile reputation and tried to spin unpopular policies like the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the A.I.G. bailout." In May 2009, Cutter was appointed to serve as adviser to President Obama in the Supreme Court nominations. Later that year, GQ Magazine named Cutter one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington.
In September 2011, the White House announced Cutter would leave her position as Deputy Senior Advisor to serve as deputy campaign manager for Obama for America. She has appeared in numerous campaign videos and ads for Obama's campaign, as well as a guest in TV appearances. During the 2012 campaign, Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist, stated that Cutter is "arguably the strongest player on either side out there now."
Cutter announced to CNN staffers on October 7, 2013 she was pregnant with her first child, her due date would be in early March, 2014, and that she would be returning to "Crossfire" after maternity leave.
^Ashburn, Lauren (September 4, 201 Stephanie Cutter may have kind words for Ann Romney, but she’s a pit bull when it comes to the Republicans. She talks to Lauren Ashburn about gender issues and the 2012 campaign.). "How Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s One-Woman Warrior, Wages Political Combat". The Daily Beast. Retrieved January 27, 2012. A graduate of Smith College and Georgetown Law School, Cutter, 43, has climbed the political ladder one rung at a time. She moved from the Clinton White House to Ted Kennedy’s staff, from communications director of the Democratic National Committee to the same post on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaignCheck date values in: |date= (help)