Gil­li­brand gives sig­nals of pres­i­den­tial run

Centre Daily Times - - Obituaries - BY ALEXAN­DER BURNS

Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York has hired two se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions aides for an ex­pected pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, a sign that she is all but cer­tain to join the race against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and that her en­try may be im­mi­nent.

Gil­li­brand has re­cruited Mered­ith Kelly, for­merly the top spokes­woman at the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, to serve as com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor for her prospec­tive 2020 cam­paign, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion said. Kelly was part of the team at the House com­mit­tee that helped the party cap­ture the ma­jor­ity in 2018, over­see­ing the group’s me­dia strat­egy dur­ing the midterm elec­tions.

Emmy Bengston, the for­mer dig­i­tal direc­tor for Gov. Gavin New­som of Cal­i­for­nia in his 2018 race, has signed on as Kelly’s deputy. Bengston, who also worked on Hil­lary Clinton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in 2016, will lead Gil­li­brand’s dig­i­tal op­er­a­tion.

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