The New York Times got an inside look at some of the steps the Obama administration is taking to prepare for the upcoming re-election campaign. Some key take-aways:
- The campaign headquarters will be located in Chicago, and the Office of Political Affairs at the White House will be closed to prevent “turf battles” and shield the administration from the prying eyes of Republican congressional investigations. It will be the first ever Presidential re-election campaign to be headquartered outside of Washington, DC.
- The campaign manager will be Jim Messina, previously the President’s interim Chief of Staff who served after Rahm Emanuel stepped down to run for mayor of Chicago. His deputies will be Juliana Smoot, the current White House social secretary, and Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, currently the Executive Director at the Democratic National Committee.
- St. Louis is a leading contender for hosting the Democratic National Convention, and a final choice could be announced as early as this coming week. Its strongest opponent is Charlotte, North Carolina.
Read the full New York Times article here.
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