During his first summer after graduation, while canvasing door-to-door for President Obama’s campaign in Colorado, Dave Marsh ’12 encountered a man who demanded to know the purpose of his visit. When Marsh explained that he was part of the campaign, the man promptly reached back and pulled out a large handgun, cocked it, and pointed it directly at Marsh’s head.
Welcome to life outside the purple bubble.
Two years removed from graduation, Marsh, a political science major from New York City, has translated his deep-rooted love of politics into work on three campaigns. After stints in New York, Colorado, and DC, he returned to Massachusetts last spring to help Don Berwick, the former Director of Medicare, in his bid for governor.
Crisscrossing the state in his beat-up Honda Civic, Marsh spends long hours meeting with issue experts, crafting policies, and answering voters’ questions. It’s a hectic schedule, which has him slated to take exactly three days off between February and September’s primary. I recently caught up with Marsh in his Cambridge apartment to learn about the ups and downs (see gun story above) of his education in real-world politics.