Worried about the staff leaks which helped sink her 2008 campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is rounding up a veritable "Angie's List" of plumbers to help her in her 2016 race for the White House.
Clinton, Politico notes
, is surrounding herself with a varied mix of newcomers, Clinton campaign old pros and veterans of Obama's two presidential campaigns, to build a loyal, supportive team that won't disintegrate into backbiting and self-serving press leaks as the campaign heats up.
Clinton already has taken several steps to insure a leak-proof, infighting-proof campaign staff, such as choosing White House counselor John Podesta, known for running a tight ship, likely as chairman of her campaign, and considering locating her campaign headquarters in New York, away from the prying Washington press corps, Politico reports.
David Axelrod, Obama's former campaign strategist, told Chis Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball
: "The test of a good campaign is how it deals with adversity and whether people pick each other up, support each other or whether they start leaking on each other and trying to purge each other. That's what plagued their campaign the last time."
In a 2008 article about the collapse of Clinton's campaign for the Democrat nomination, The Atlantic noted
one example, out of several, of a memo being leaked advising Clinton to skip the Iowa caucus.
As the 2008 campaign began to implode, Clinton staffers began bickering, fighting among themselves, casting blame and going public with leaks to the press about the internal dissension in attempts to influence its outcome, Politico notes.
"When things go south, leaks come out, many of them not even truthful, as everyone is trying to get out of the way of the loss," a former senior Clinton political aide told Politico. "When things go north, leaks are fewer because everyone is jockeying for the win and so the penalty of leaking is greater."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Bloomberg
that the GOP already is preparing a book on Clinton, and has several researchers digging for dirt around Little Rock.
"We're not going to be shy about it," he said. "We're going to get whatever we have to share with the American people the truth about Hillary and Bill Clinton."
Former Clinton operators told Politico of concerns about "staffers from 'evil Hillary world' " who have caused leakage problems in the past and are attempting to get on board the Clinton campaign train again.
"That's not an issue that's going to go away," a source close to the Clintons told Politico. "It's going to be worse. When she ran last time it was 30 years worth of people. Now there's 40 years worth of people. A whole State Department. There are just so many people in her and his orbit."
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