May 6, 2015 11:07 PM
Steinhauser: Back to the future for Clinton in NH?
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER – Eight years later, and Hillary Clinton’s moving just around the corner.
The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign in New Hampshire announced Thursday morning that it’s secured office space for its Granite State headquarters in a building at 1361 Elm Street, in downtown Manchester.
That’s just a couple of blocks away from Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters in the first-in-the-nation primary state, which was located at 34 Fir Street.
A Clinton campaign aide in New Hampshire says that in the coming months more offices will be opening across the state.
By the time of the primary eight years ago, in addition to the headquarters in Manchester, Clinton’s campaign had field offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Portsmouth, Salem, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Nashua, Plymouth, Rochester, and secondary office in Manchester.
"We are looking forward to getting our first office up and running soon, which is another exciting step towards our goal of building a strong and energetic grassroots campaign in New Hampshire. When she announced, Hillary Clinton made clear that she is not going to take the primary for granted, and having a presence in communities across the state in coming months will help us in our effort to earn every vote,” said Mike Vlacich, the Clinton campaign’s New Hampshire state director.
The Clinton campaign says that close to a dozen regional organizers have been deployed across the Granite State in the three and a half weeks since the former secretary of state launched her second White House bid.
Clinton appears to be the only declared presidential candidate to announce office space in New Hampshire. Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, and former New York Gov. George Pataki, who are both taking concrete steps towards launching bids for the Republican presidential nomination, have secured office space in Manchester.
Update: Terry Shumaker reminds NH1 News that in 1992, then Arkansas-Gov. Bill Clinton's New Hampshire HQ was also just a few blocks away, in a storefront on Elm Street. Shumaker, a former ambassador and longtime Granite State attorney and Democratic consultant, should know. He was co-chair of Clinton's 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns.