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Bernie Sanders taps ACLU political director as campaign manager

Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders has enlisted ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir to serve as his 2020 campaign manager, reports The Daily Beast.

Why it matters: Shakir, who announced his departure from the ACLU Tuesday afternoon, has a progressive resume that includes stints as senior adviser to Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. He also served as editor of ThinkProgress, the news outlet associated with the Center for American Progress. Shakir is presumed to be the first Muslim to manage a major presidential campaign, according to the Beast.