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One Colorado hires former Senate Dems’ communications director David Pourshoushtari

Author: Ernest Luning - January 24, 2018 - Updated: January 24, 2018

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One Colorado communications director David Pourshoushtari displays an “I Vote” message on his forearm in a photo he posted to Facebook in October 2016 after, he said, he got his ballot in the mail. (Photo courtesy Pourshoushtari via Facebook)

David Pourshoushtari has been named communications director for One Colorado, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ residents and their families. He served a similar role for two years until about two months ago for the Colorado Senate Democrats.

In an exit interview of sorts with Colorado Politics’ Joey Bunch in November, Pourshoushtari said his job at the Capitol impressed upon him how Twitter facilitates falling into sparring matches with political opponents.

“It can be so easy for us across the spectrum to get trapped in this world where we put their messages out there in the Twittersphere, go back to our respective corners, and then duke it out 140 characters at a time (sometimes 280),” he said.

Pourshoushtari also said he’d be an apple pie, if forced to choose which McDonald’s item he’d be.

“While the ‘components’ that made me what I am came from completely different places (Dad is Iranian, Mom is Korean), like the apple pie, I am All-American and a patriot to the core.”

One Colorado has set an ambitious agenda for the 2018 legislative session, Laura “Pinky” Reinsch, the organization’s political director, said earlier this month. That includes lobbying to pass legislation to make it easier for transgender residents to update the gender on their birth certificate, banning gay conversion therapy for minors and working along with other groups on immigration, voting-rights and economic issues.

The organization’s LGBTQ Lobby Day at the Capitol is set for Monday, Feb. 26.

Mansur Gidfar, a former communications director for the nonpartisan anti-corruption organization Represent Us, took over as communications director for the Colorado Senate Democratic Caucus late last year.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.