Steinhauser: Top aides to Hillary Clinton make NH and Iowa swing
CONCORD - The man expected to serve as campaign manager for all-but-certain Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in New Hampshire Monday night and Tuesday.
NH1 News has confirmed that Robby Mook is in the first-in-the-nation primary state, meeting with Democratic officials, politicians, and activists. Among those Mook is meeting with is state Democratic party chairman Ray Buckley.
Joining Mook on his trip is Marlon Marshall, who's expected to serve as director of state campaigns and political engagement for a likely Clinton campaign.
The swing by Mook and Marshall to New Hampshire, and later in the week to Iowa, which kicks off the caucus and primary calendar, is the latest sign that the former secretary of state is moving closer and closer to announcing her second bid for the White House.
Mook is no stranger to New Hampshire. He steered then-former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen's 2008 election to the U.S. Senate. He also worked in the Granite State in the 2004 cycle for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.
Earlier this month political aides close to Clinton confirmed that some top members of Shaheen's 2014 re-election campaign were hired to steer the former secretary of state's New Hampshire efforts. Mike Vlacich, Shaheen's campaign manager last year as she fended off Republican challenger fmr. Sen. Scott Brown during a tough midterm climate for Democrats, was named as state director for a likely Clinton campaign. Also hired were Shaheen 2014 campaign political director Kari Thurman and communications director Harrell Kirstein, who are likely to work in the same positions for the expected Clinton campaign.
After coming in third in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire gave then-Sen. Clinton a much needed victory. She and then Sen. Barack Obama battled until June in an historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Republican National Committee, upon hearing the news of the Mook/Marshall visit, was quick to put out a statement.
"The Clinton campaign is clearly worried about the damage caused by her multiple scandals. With angst among her base and a Democratic challenger knocking at the door, Clinton world is in trouble," said RNC spokesman Raffi Williams, in a statement.
Word of Mook's trip to the Granite State was first reported WMUR and his visit to Iowa was first reported by the Des Moines Register.