Brad Woodhouse is the president of the liberal/progressive advocacy group Americans United for Change and the Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century. He is the former communications director of the United States Democratic National Committee.
Woodhouse gained widespread notice as a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the early 2000s, and was casually named by a Washington Post columnist as possibly "the most prolific e-mailer in politics."
In 2005, Woodhouse left the DSCC to become communications director for Americans United to Protect Social Security. The group successfully fought President George W. Bush's efforts to establish private savings accounts as part of Social Security reform.
With the Bush reform plan defeated, Woodhouse organized and became president of Americans United For Change. Woodhouse's group belong to a coalition of progressive organizations called Change America Now, many of which are located in the same building in Washington at 1825 K Street, N.W. The leaders of those organizations frequently meet with aides to Democratic congressional leadership, to discuss strategy and upcoming votes.
In 2008, Woodhouse worked was given a senior position with the Democratic National Committee to help coordinate communications strategy for the upcoming general election.
In 2009, Woodhouse formally became the Democratic National Committee's communications director.
In 2013, Woodhouse left the Democratic National Committee to return as president of Americans United for Change.
In 2014, Woodhouse became the president of American Bridge.
2009 Nobel Peace Prize controversy
In October 2009, President Barack Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, an event widely reported as "surprising" to even the President and his advisers. Conservatives and others in the media ridiculed the selection process and the President. Criticisms ranged from claims that Obama was undeserving, to the fact that he had been nominated only twelve days after his inauguration, to claims that the Nobel Peace Prize is anti-American. In an October 9, 2009 public statement, RNC Chairman Michael Steele issued a public statement which rhetorically asked what Obama achievement the Nobel Prize recognized.
Woodhouse, as Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee, responded:
"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists - the Taliban and Hamas this morning - in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize -- an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it's an embarrassing label to claim."
The Republican National Committee (RNC) responded:
"Like most Americans, the DNC can't think of one achievement that the president has accomplished, so they resort to their predictable response and standard playbook of demonizing those who disagree with them. ...Now, when challenged to answer the question of what the president has accomplished, Democrats are lashing out calling Republicans terrorists. That type of political rhetoric is shameful."
Woodhouse's brother is Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. They were featured in the 2014 documentary Woodhouse Divided by filmmaker Bryan Miller. During a joint appearance with his brother promoting the film on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Woodhouse's mother Joyce called in to the show, saying she hoped the brothers would "have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas."
- See, e.g., KENTUCKY: Does Anyone Else Wonder If Brad Woodhouse Secretly Ruins Every Dem Interest Group In The Country?, The Hotline, National Journal, August 22, 2007 (subscription required)
- Peter Savodnik, Black leaders push support for Majette, The Hill, October 7, 2004
- Louis Romano, Okla. Senate Candidate Is Accused of Fraud, Washington Post, September 15, 2004
- Tim Grieve, Bunning losing ground fast, Salon.com, October 13, 2004[permanent dead link]
- Dana Milbank, Never Too Soon to Build the War Chet: Taken to the Woodhouse, Washington Post, May 8, 2005
- Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, 'The Other K Street' , Washington Post, May 7, 2007
- Katie Glueck, "DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse leaving", Politico, June 25, 2013
- Alexandra Jaffe, "Americans United head to lead Dem super PAC", The Hill, January 25, 2014
- "Right Wingers Pitch Fits Over Nobel Peace Prize" by Eric Kleefeld Talking Points Memo, October 9, 2009
- "OPED: Obama Should Decline the Nobel Peace Prize" by Doug Heye, US News and World Report, October 9, 2009
- CNN PoliticalTicker, October 9, 2009
- Ohlheiser, Abby (December 16, 2014). "Hero mom calls into C-SPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons". Washington Post.
- Pinckard, Cliff (December 16, 2014). "'Oh God, it's mom': Woman scolds political-pundit sons with call to C-SPAN (video)". Cleveland.com.
I was very glad this Thanksgiving was the year that you both were supposed to go to your in-laws... I'm hoping you'll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas. I would really like a peaceful Christmas, and I love you both.