Obama hires HRC women's outreach director

In another sign of Obama-Clinton reconciliation, the Obama campaign today announced it had hired Dana Singiser, Clinton's Director of Women's Outreach.

Published July 8, 2008 3:11PM (EDT)

In another sign that Barack Obama's campaign is moving with all deliberate speed to deal with tensions created by the long primary season, it announced today that Dana Singiser, who was Director of Women's Outreach for Hillary Clinton's campaign, would be brought aboard as a senior advisor to "help direct efforts to win the women’s vote."

This is the third recent hire of a key Clinton staffer by Obama. The second was policy chief Neera Tanden. And neither move involved the controversy associated with the first hiring, that of former HRC campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle.

Aside from the "unity" symbolism, Singiser will obviously be in a good position to help Obama gain the support of women who strongly supported HRC, and are relunctant to transfer allegiance to the presumptive nominee.

By Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is the managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and an online columnist for The New Republic.

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