Clinton adviser Harold Ickes’ return to DNC signals power play by Bill and Hillary
The Clintons are back in business as movers and shakers in the Democratic party.
Harold Ickes, a longtime Clinton adviser, has been appointed to a spot on the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws panel — an important play by the masterful power couple.
“When I saw Harold reappointed to the DNC, he surely, in my judgment, symbolizes the return of the Clintons,” Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist who also sits on the rules committee, told the New York Times.
Hillary Clinton cheerleader and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Times that Ickes “actively sought” the position.
His appointment was revealed this week at the DNC gathering in Arizona.
The 73-year-old alum of the Clinton White House said that he has been on the committee “for years and years.”
He reportedly joined the group in 1992 and served until 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama won the party’s nomination
despite desperate attempts by Ickes to keep Clinton’s share of the delegates.
Though procedural in name, the panel’s “goal is to design rules to nominate the strongest candidate for the general election,” he said.
And, in Ickes’ book, the strongest candidate is already in the field.
He told The Sunday Times (of London) in April that Clinton was his gal.
He is “assisting” the Ready for Hillary Super PAC, which is pushing her to run, and is also liaising with wealthy donors who want her in the race.
Seth Bringman, communications director for Ready for Hillary, said the group was "grateful" for the "strategic advice" from Ickes.
He "believed early on in the power of grassroots Hillary supporters across the country to come together and encourage Hillary to run," Bringman added.
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