Amanda Renteria, the first Latina chief of staff for a U.S. senator, is reportedly a top contender for the national political director post in a likely Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
According to Roll Call,
the position would vault Renteria —
who previously worked for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein before becoming chief of staff for Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow —
near the top of Clinton's tight campaign hierarchy.
Renteria wouldn't comment on the prospect, but told Roll Call: "I’m thinking a lot about what’s next."
Renteria, the daughter of farm workers and a graduate of Harvard and Stanford, met with Clinton the second week of February in New York City, and Clinton is said to have loved her, BuzzFeed reports.
"I think it’s a big signal that Hillary knows she has to and is going to take the Latino community seriously," Matt Barreto, co-founder of polling firm Latino Decisions, tells Buzz Feed.
"Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are starting to position themselves as candidates that could siphon Latino support."
Renteria narrowly lost a bid to oust incumbent Republican Rep. David Valadao
in California in the GOP wave election in November and Democrats had hoped she'd run again in a presidential election cycle that could be kinder to party candidates, Roll Call reports.
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