A Look Into Francisco Domenech’s Journey in Politics in Puerto Rico

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As the managing partner of Politank, a boutique bipartisan government affairs firm in Puerto Rico, Francisco Domenech has maintained an influential position in Democratic politics for nearly two decades.

Domenech is a member of the Democratic Party and is perhaps best nationally known for his association with Hillary Clinton and his work during the 2008 and 2016 election cycles. Domenech was instrumental in both presidential campaigns, organizing fundraisers, and serving as Clinton’s campaign manager during the successful Democratic primaries in Puerto Rico.

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign

Francisco Domenech has been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton since his appointment as the national co-chair for Hillblazers. This national movement provided an activist platform for first-time voters, young professionals and students who supported Clinton in her 2008 presidential candidacy. As one of the national finance co-chairs of Ready for Hillary, Domenech coordinated fundraisers across the nation to support the campaign.

Domenech claimed that there was “too much at stake for [his] generation” and that “Hillary Clinton [was] the only candidate that [could] put our country on the right track.”

As the Deputy Campaign Manager, Domenech helped Clinton win the primary polls in Puerto Rico for her 2008 presidential campaign, surpassing Obama with a victory of 68-32%.

For Puerto Rican Democratic primary voters, status was a driving factor (commonwealth vs. statehood), with many passionate opinions from both sides. In an interview with the Observer, Domenech discussed this division, predicting that “status [was] going to be the number-one issue. [Puerto Rico could] be helpful in deciding [the] primary yet [they were] not going to be able to vote…in the general election.” During the 2008 election, Domenech identified as a supporter of Puerto Rican statehood, a cause for which he has advocated since college and continues to advocate today.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign

During Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Domenech was her top fundraising bundler in Puerto Rico and raised nearly $200,000 to support her candidacy. Domenech sat on Clinton’s National Finance Committee and helped organize her 2016 election cycle trip to Puerto Rico.

Eight years after serving as the Deputy Campaign Manager for her 2008 campaign, Domenech successfully managed Clinton’s second primary campaign in Puerto Rico, surpassing Sanders with a victory of 61-37%.

Democratic National Committee

From 2007-2012, Domenech was a part of the Democratic National Committee, serving as a representative of the Young Democrats of America. Domenech served three years as a National Committeeman, with two years as VP for Development. He has been a delegate in the past four Democratic National Conventions.

Domenech’s Political Background

Before his work on Clinton’s presidential campaign, Domenech gained political experience from a vast array of sources ranging from fundraising, canvassing and voter registration, policy development, to campaign management and earning a wide range of accolades and official titles. As the P.R. Senate President’s Chief Legal Counsel, his duties included providing legal advice, representing the Senate’s interests, overseeing all in-house counsel work and management, and supervising outside counsel (including federal lobbyists).

Domenech also served as Director of the Office of Legislative Services of the P.R. Legislative Assembly (2005-2008), a divisionwhich functions as the equivalent of the Congressional Research Service for the United States Congress. During this time, the Office of Legislative Services grew considerably as Domenech:

  • streamlined a staff of 130 employees
  • increased services of the Legislative Library
  • supported Legislative Library access for the blind and physically handicapped
  • considered over 800 pieces of legislation
  • managed an annual budget of $11 million, resulting in annual surpluses

More Wins for Francisco Domenech: Hon. Jenniffer González-Colón

While Clinton was ultimately unsuccessful in becoming the first woman president of the United States, although she was the first to be nominated to the presidency by a major U.S. national party, Francisco Domenech has experience advocating for female political representation in Puerto Rico, as well.

Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Domenech dutifully served as the campaign manager for Hon. Jenniffer González-Colón. Gonzalez-Colon ultimately became both the first woman and the youngest person to represent Puerto Rico in the United States Congress as a Resident Commissioner.

Despite criticism from some media outlets about Domenech (D) supporting González-Colón (R), she is also a part of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party, which advocates for Puerto Rican statehood and aligning with Domenech’s vision for the future and prosperity of the territory.

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