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TIME Magazine appearance

Intrigued by the political campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama, Gunn says he read The Audacity of Hope and was blown away.

“Not only was his book powerful, but he was saying the exact same things I was thinking about our government, except that he was much more articulate,” Gunn says. “I called Senator Obama and he invited me to meet with him. We found that we had a lot of things in common. He asked me to help run his campaign as political director in South Carolina.”

Gunn accepted the post. His energetic style created a mini media storm, and stories about him appeared in several publications, including TIME Magazine, The LA Times, and The Nation.

With his candidate now in the White House, Gunn is continuing his quest to improve South Carolina. In the state legislature, he is a member of the Freshman Caucus, the House Democratic Caucus, and the Black Caucus. He sits on the Medical, Military, and Municipal and Public Affairs subcommittee of Children’s Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Social Services.

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