White House aide David Simas hasn’t forgotten Taunton roots
The party gathering was the last in office for Governor Deval Patrick, and there was no shortage of potential successors in Charlotte this past week. Such conventions are a hotbed of activists who are the lifeblood of campaigns. Politicians ignore them at their peril. But one person who set both local and national audiences abuzz was David Simas, a former Patrick aide from Taunton who is now overseeing polling and focus group research for the Obama reelection campaign in Chicago.