Former Obama admin. official Maju Varghese named Chief Operating Officer of Biden campaign

Maju Varghese

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Maju Varghese, an erstwhile senior Obama administration official has been hired by former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as its Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor.

Immediately after the news of his appointment was broken by The Hill on Sept. 10, Varghese using a humorous signature exclamation by Biden over the year, Tweeted, “No Malarkey. Humbled by the texts & posts about joining #Team Joe. Grateful for the endless opportunities this country has given my family. Wish my Dad was still with us. Not sure about the specific dreams he had for us as he drove his cab around NYC but I hope he’s proud tonight.”

He followed it up with another Tweet, saying, “Proud to help the Vice President and his team in the work to restore the soul of this country. Let’s do this. #Team Joe,” he added.

One source quoted by the Hill had predicted that Varghese would help the Biden campaign "hum and work a little more seamlessly," adding, "He's a grown-up. He understands how things work."

In the Obama administration, Varghese served in the White House as an assistant to former President Barack Obama for management and administration and as deputy director of advance at the White House, where he managed day-to-day operations being at the time being literally responsible for the management of the White House, dealing with everything from maintenance, to payroll and the visitors office.

His political experience had begun with his working on the Al Gore presidential campaign in 2000 in Nashville Tennessee and then joining Obama’s advance team in 2008. 

Varghese is now expected to bring those years of experience to the Biden campaign and help the former vice president “in more ways than one,” and help his new boss, who remains the front-runner in the crowded 2020 Democratic field by well over double digits to maintain this momentum and the leader in the polls considered the Democratic candidate best suited to defeat President Trump in 2020, even though he continues to stumble with a string of verbal gaffes.

While in his tweet on joining the Biden presidential campaign, he was clearly emotional about his dad—who died six years ago to Parkinson’s, over the past few months he also tweeted about Biden’s meeting with nurses at a rally in Iowa, thinking about his own mother, who was also a nurse.

Biden in his tweet had said, “As I told Pauline yesterday in Iowa, if there are any angels in heaven, they are all nurses,” to which Varghese tweeted on Sept. 3, “As the son of a nurse, this hit home. Thanks @ JoeBiden.”

In Aug. he expressed his angst over many health insurers considering Parkinson’s disease a pre-existing condition, and warning that it affects 500,000 Americans each year and that if the GOP repeals the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, these people could once again be denied health insurance possibly for the rest of their lives.

Varghese tweeted of how he had “lost my dad 6 years and Parkinson’s robbed him of the simple dignity of sitting up on his own. This fight is personal. I miss him every day and owe my parents everything. With these protections and so much on the line, it’s time to summon the energy for one more fight.”

And, when Biden declared his candidacy for president, Varghese tweeted, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue needs an occupant with empathy, compassion and heart. Enter @JoeBiden. We can be good again.”

Before joining the Biden campaign, and after he left the Obama administration, Varghese was the COO of The Hub Project from Sept. 2018 to end Aug. 2019, based in Washington, D.C.

From April 2017 to Aug. 2018, he was a Senior Advisor at Dentons, also based in D.C., before which he was working in the White House for more than six years.

At the time he served as assistant to Obama for management and administration, a position to which he was promoted in July 2015, Varghese, managed seven departments, including Personnel, Operations, and the Visitors Office, while taking care of the day to day operations of the White House complex and the oversight of the White House budget, personnel, facilities, tours and major events.

Before he joined the Obama White House in 2010, he was an Associate at the law firm of Wade Clark Mulcahy in New York City for nearly five years, prior to which he was a Research Associate at the Democratic National Committee.

Varghese is an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from where he received his BA, majoring in political science and economics (Class of 1999) and the Maurice A Deane School of Law at Hofstra University from here he received his JD (Class of 2005).

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