The AU political machine stretched one step further on Saturday night, as junior Mike Inganamort was named chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans.
Inganamort, president of the AU College Republicans and former political columnist for The Eagle in 2004, was elected unanimously by the federation, which is composed of College Republican chapters from AU, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University and the Catholic University of America.
"I think the decision was unanimous because of the huge successes we've had in the past year at AU," Inganamort said, citing all-time highs in CR membership and various events and fund-raisers.
Inganamort said that one of his goals for the coming year is to expand the federation to more D.C.-area schools, such as Gallaudet and Trinity universities.
"I'm looking to put in another solid year for College Republicans, accomplish some of my goals and then move on, leaving the federation better than I found it," Inganamort said. "For the first time in recent memory, AU will be in the driver's seat of College Republican politics for all of Washington."
On the other side of the District political aisle, AU College Democrats President Ashley Mushnick on April 4 was elected executive director of the D.C. Federation of College Democrats, an organization similar to the CR's federation.
As executive director, Mushnick will be in charge of communications between College Democrat chapters.
"I'm going to be working on improving communications between schools and making sure that when political events are going on at other campuses, students from all the universities will be aware and invited," Mushnick said.
She also mentioned that one of her goals is to get Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to speak at AU some time in the next year.
Mushnick was elected president of the AU College Democrats on March 20. Inganamort will be president of the AU College Republicans until the group's year-end banquet on April 21. At that point, junior Danielle Zook, who was elected president Sunday night, will begin her term.