Nutter staffer to head Obama voter ID education effort

We'd like to offer a PhillyClout congrats to Nutter staffer Lauren Vidas, who's leaving the administration to serve as Voter Protection Coordinator for President Obama's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania.

"It has been an honor to work for Mayor Nutter and serve the citizens of Philadelphia over the last few years. I look forward to bringing my energy and passion for community engagement to President Obama's campaign," said Vidas, who will be overseeing a statewide effort to educate and offer legal counsel to voters in the wake of the state Voter ID bill, which will require voters to show identification at the polls.

Mayor Nutter praised Vidas, saying she was a great fit for the job.

"I’m very sorry to lose her and very happy for her to get such a prestigious job and opportunity," Nutter said. "It’s sad at a certain level that we have to go through such extreme [efforts] to protect people’s rights to vote. I think the voters will be very well served."

Vidas, who served as an assistant to the finance director,  joined the administration in 2010. She previously worked for City Councilman Bill Green.

* In other adminstration news, Nutter's longtime body man Luke Butler will be leaving that gig to become Chief of Staff to Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning. We will miss his British sense of humor, which always entertained us while we were waiting in the hallway for the mayor.