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Obama recruiting Clinton people/ GE Preparations

Barack targets Hillary’s supporters

Thursday, May 8th 2008, 4:00 AM


WASHINGTON – The Obama camp has begun recruiting Clinton loyalists to take positions with his team across the country, the Daily News has learned.

Looking to expand staff as Barack Obama moves more securely to land the Democratic presidential nomination, Team Barack has begun talks with veterans of the Clinton White House and other campaigns.

The Obama camp is hoping to recruit field organizers, finance officials and press officers, a campaign source confirmed.

There is no evidence the Chicago-based campaign is poaching staffers now working for Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign – yet.

The effort to bolster his staff is another sign Obama is moving to the next level and cranking up for the general election showdown with Republican John McCain.

It came as 1972 party nominee George McGovern jumped off the Clinton bandwagon and switched to Obama. Three new superdelegates also endorsed Obama, including North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek.

Obama will powwow with uncommitted lawmakers near Capitol Hill today in an effort to convince them to sign up in support of him.

Clinton, meanwhile, landed superdelegate Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), who made up his mind after he went to church Sunday with Bill Clinton This story Ny Daily news


With Michael McAuliff


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