What is a “Senior Communications Advisor” in a political candidate’s campaign, and who is Roderika Applewhaite?
To answer both questions, Applewhaite (her first name is pronounced roh-DE-ri-kuh) has held the title listed above since March of this year for the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). Hard to know EVERYTHING she may be doing for the MDP, but the most visible “face” she puts on her activities are the frequent press releases she writes for her employer attacking the Michigan Republican Party and in particular its many candidates for governor, especially former Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Applewhaite’s broadsides may be heavily partisan, as you might expect, but they are also cleverly written, snarky, and downright funny. The Michigan GOP has nothing to match them, and neither does the mainstream media, now that former longtime political columnists like the late Hugh MacDiarmid of the Detroit Free Press and Bill Kulsea of the old Booth newspapers have passed from the scene.
Below is the most recent example of Applewhaite’s work: