We’re immensely pleased – bordering on giddy, actually – to announce that as of today, Azi Paybarah will be writing for the Observer and the Politicker.

Some readers will remember him as a contributor to this blog when Ben was still at the helm, while others have come to know him more recently as the tireless and freakishly prescient author of the New York Sun’s 51st State.

Like some politics-obsessed Jose Reyes with a laptop, Azi is quick on his feet, gets lots of hits and generally creates a buzz whenever he’s in the line-up.

Ladies and gentlemen, find your seats.

— Josh Benson