From L to R: Christi Parsons, Donovan Slack and Margaret Talev.
Now the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is blissfully receding from most people’s memory and the hangovers have subsided, that can only mean one thing: the campaign is on for three seats on the association’s board. This year’s races could be especially contentious: Christi Parsons (Chicago Tribune/LAT) v. Donovan Slack (Politico) for President. Also, Bloomberg is trying (for the third straight year!) for a seat on the board with their candidate, Margaret Talev.
Balloting is by mail, over many weeks. First, a signup sheet gets posted in the White House briefing room. Candidates sign up and declare their candidacies. Then they send statements to membership. Trust us, the campaigning is already well under way!
Let the contentiousness begin.
A note of explanation to readers: It’s a crazy system: FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry becomes president and will honcho the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. So if you want good tables or many tables, he’s the guy whose ass you want to kiss for the next year. It takes TWO YEARS upon one’s election as WHCA president before he/she actually takes office. So after these elections are decided, you could have a full two years head start to suck up and as we know, the turtle tends gets ahead by going slow. Longest transition in the western world.
In further annoyingly technical explanation: There are nine seats total on the board. Typically, there are three open seats per annual election. The three elected in the coming weeks/months all take office shortly after election. To be elected president, one has to win both election to a specific seat AND the race for president.