Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) is staffing up for her presidential campaign and has reportedly hired a state director for a key early primary state among other senior hires.
Politico reports that Gillibrand has hired personnel to five top positions: chief operating officer, national political director, digital finance director, as well as statewide and political directors for campaign efforts in New Hampshire.
The key hires include Semedrian Smith, a former staffer for Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Ohio), who is thought to also be considering a 2020 bid. Smith previously served as Brown’s deputy campaign manager for his successful 2018 Senate reelection run.
Gillibrand has also made two key hires in the early primary state of New Hampshire, where her new state director Pat Devney worked previously on a number of political campaigns including Colin Van Ostern’s unsuccessful 2016 bid for governor. Van Ostern lost by two points to incumbent Chris Sununu (R).
The hires come as Gillibrand is headed back to the state for a second visit, a campaign source told Politico. Other 2020 Democrats have begun staffing up in early primary states including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who announced the hiring of her chairwoman for Iowa campaigning efforts last month.
Gillibrand faces a large field of candidates vying for the top spot in the New Hampshire primary, including New Jersey Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I), who is said to be eyeing a run.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who officially announced her 2020 run earlier this month, visited the state last month shortly after making a trip to multiple cities in Iowa, the first caucus state.
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