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Hillary Clinton Already Well-Staffed for 2016 Primaries

By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 11:06 PM

Hillary Clinton is on a hiring spree in advance of her likely presidential run, lining up veterans from the winning 2014 re-election campaign of New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen to guide Clinton's primary efforts in that early voting state.

Though Clinton hasn't officially announced her candidacy,  teamd-in-waiting are already on the job in at least two states with early primaries, as well as in New York City, where Clinton will locate her campaign headquarters, The Washington Post reports.

In New Hampshire, Clinton picked up staffers from Shaheen's re-election team, including Mike Vlacich, who ran the effort, as her state director.

Harrell Kirstein, who was Shaheen’s 2014 communications director, will do the same work for Clinton — and Shaheen political director Kari Thurman will be a senior political aide in the state.

Shaheen is close to Clinton and the two are longtime political allies, The Post notes.

Shaheen on Friday wished all three of her former staffers well "in their next venture," praised their service to her and described Vlacich as "a dedicated public servant and a brilliant political strategist."

In Iowa, which holds the first contest of 2016, Clinton’s campaign is expected to be headed by Matt Paul, a political adviser to former Gov. Tom Vilsack.

The Post reports Brenda Cole, a seasoned Iowa campaign aide, will also play a senior role.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton is on a hiring spree in advance of her likely presidential run, lining up veterans from the winning 2014 re-election campaign of New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen to guide Clinton's primary efforts in that early voting state.
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