PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Mike Bloomberg has further fuelled rumours he plans on teaming up with Hillary Clinton by recruiting powerful Clinton ally Capricia Marshall for his 2020 campaign.
Marshall, who has previously worked under Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as former president Barack Obama, could help Bloomberg become more credible in numerous ways, a source told PageSix.
The Democratic source told the news site: “Hiring Capricia is a very smart move. She’s a big deal.”
They went on: “Capricia is very connected to the Democratic political orbit and will give Bloomberg a stronger link to the Dem establishment, and therefore more credibility.”
“She will help convince them Mike is not a quasi-Republican after he heavily backed GOP candidates in the past.”
The source went on to explain Marshall will also be able to help Bloomberg reach women and the African American community, “which remains unsatisfied with his apology over his stop-and-frisk policy as New York City mayor”.
It was not immediately clear what position Marshall would take on the Bloomberg campaign, which now boasts more than 2,100 staffers.
The source added: “Capricia Marshall is one of the very top people in Hillary’s immediate inner circle, she is far more than a campaign person, far more than a political aide, and is a very respected insider in the Obama circle.”
News of Marshall’s recruit comes a day after it was reported the former mayor was considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate.
Internal polling on Saturday found that a Bloomberg-Clinton ticket “would be a formidable force” to try to take down President Trump.
Bloomberg responded to the findings by tweeting: “I would not be where I am today without the talented women around me. I’ve depended on their leadership, their advice and their contributions.”
DC-based Marshall worked as President Bill Clinton’s White House social secretary from 1997 to 2001.
Under the Obama administration, she served as chief of protocol of the United States — a sensitive diplomatic position bearing the rank of ambassador — from 2009 to 2013.
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Prior to that, Marshall was a special assistant to Hillary when she was First Lady in 1993.
In 2006, Marshall worked on then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s re-election and then joined her presidential campaign in 2008.
In her role as senior advisor, she led surrogate speakers and helped co-ordinate women’s outreach.
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