The Life of Pablo: WikiLeaks makes internet hero out of unruly former DNC employee
Every crew needs a wildcard and the DNC got theirs in Pablo Manriquez. The latest WikiLeaks release has revealed the former broadcast media director for the Democratic organization to be disruptive and insubordinate – and a whole lot of fun.
A former freelancer at Fox and the Huffington Post, Pablo worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign as a Latino outreach specialist. He joined the DNC in 2015 as director of Hispanic Media before becoming broadcast media director for the 2016 season.
We can tell from the leaked emails that all seemed to start well for Pablo, with his colleagues even attempting to get him access to an MSNBC after-party.
He did! But I skipped to party at the Colombian Embassy which was awesome!!! https://t.co/ZNtQ81rOCg— Pablo Manriquez (@Pablo_DNC) July 23, 2016
Pablo’s popularity didn’t last for long though and less than a month later tongues were wagging regarding his absence, with talk of HR’s involvement.
A few hours later on the same day Pablo is at it again. He’s given a scolding for “engaging directly” with the office of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz after asking for her landline number for a radio interviewer.
“Tell me you didn't give out her desk number,” the email asks.
A week later Pablo caused panic when he became frustrated by the possibility of Debbie Wasserman Schultz cancelling an early-morning CNN appearance. “Dear CNN, Pls have Trump call-in and set the news cycle against us instead, per usual,” Pablo tells his colleagues, leading to a not-wholly-professional response of, “Pablo f**k off”.
EXACTLY!!! THANK YOU!!! Cory gets it👇🏼👇🏽👇🏼👇🏽 https://t.co/MRY0njQZkA— Pablo Manriquez (@Pablo_DNC) July 23, 2016
The next day he causes further dismay when he praises a CNN interview with Bernie Sanders that criticized the DNC. When a colleague tells him, “This was not a good clip for us,” he replies, “Oh, nevermind. Lame.” Classic Pablo.
Thank you for your service, Jason! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/sndSGhum7n— Pablo Manriquez (@Pablo_DNC) July 23, 2016
Pablo doesn’t waste time and 24 hours later he’s at it again, causing havoc by ignoring protocol, leading to a line he probably hears a lot: “Pablo. Stop.” The email also hints that Pablo might be leaving with the exchange “Two weeks” and “Thank god.”
The hints prove true as several days later Pablo sends out an email telling his work friends he’ll be leaving them for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he will serve as “VP of Comms.” He reminds them all of his farewell party which we hope was well attended.
“Thanks for the memories,” he tells his friends. No Pablo, thank you.