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Tenoch Flores leaving ‘therapeutic’ Democratic Party post

Tenoch Flores, the California Democratic Party’s communications director, plans to leave the party to freelance and teach.
Tenoch Flores, the California Democratic Party’s communications director, plans to leave the party to freelance and teach. Courtesy of Tenoch Flores

Tenoch Flores, the California Democratic Party’s communications director, said Wednesday that he plans to leave the party to freelance – including for the Democrats – and teach.

But first, he said, he will help the party find his replacement.

To weigh the appeal of the position, consider this: The Democratic Party is dominant in California, and the bench of high-profile, statewide candidates runs deep.

On the other hand, from a message-control standpoint, there is John Burton.

Burton, the party chairman, has a press-friendly habit of answering his own phone. He also favors colorful – often profane – rhetoric.

In 2012, Burton compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Another time, during an interview on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” John Oliver, then a correspondent, remarked: “You curse more than a West Coast rapper.”

Flores, who lives in San Francisco, has been with the party since 2009. He said the commute is wearing on him and that he is satisfied with the party’s accomplishments during his tenure. He and his wife plan to travel, and he plans to teach a course in political communication at University of San Francisco.

Flores, 38, called working for the party and Burton “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“Communications professionals tend to be known as control freaks,” he said. “So in that sense, working for John has been therapeutic, I would say.”

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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