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Obama staffing up in Fla



Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe was in Tampa Friday talking to volunteer supporters and raising money for the Democratic National Committee at Mise en Place restaurant. Looks like they'll need every penny raised, given their ambitious plans for a campaign field organization, called Organizing for America, in Florida and across the country.

The Obama 2.0 campaign, as it's sometimes called, says it has put staff in place in about 15 states so far, and hires  are coming soon in Florida. They haven't made any announcements yet, but we hear they've already tapped for Florida field director, John Bivona, who was a regional field director based in Pinellas County during the election. Names in the mix for state director include veteran Florida organizers Ashley Walker and Nate Jenkins.

 "The newly-hired state director will almost immediately begin a series of listening tours around the state to continue to engage our supporters in a dialogue about the issues most important to them - at a national level (healthcare, energy, education, etc.) as well as issues specific to their own communities,'' said Natalie Wyeth, spokeswoman for Organizing for America. "They are also intended to continue providing our supporters with the tools they need to keep these conversations going across kitchen tables, on front porches and in their own neighborhoods."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:56pm]


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