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Kaine Brings In The Old Team

April 5, 2011

Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is getting the gang back together. As he leaves his post atop the national party, many of the advisors who guided Kaine to the Virginia governorship in 2005 will work to elect him to the Senate next year.

Struble Eichenbaum Communications, Kaine's old media firm, helped produce his two-minute announcement video. Bullseye Interactive, a Struble affiliate founded by Kaine's 2005 internet director, John Rohrbach, also helped produce the video.

Longtime Kaine advisor Mo Elleithee, who served as his communications director during the 2005 campaign, is back on board. He'll be joined by Brandi Hoffine, a DNC spokeswoman who sources say is headed to Kaine's shop.

Kaine decided to run during the last two weeks and called Elleithee, a partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, to let him know. Elleithee is helping out during the announcement period and will transition into a different role as the team comes together, he told The Hotline.

"He was excited about running," Elleithee said. "(Kaine) decided that bringing the kind of leadership that he brought to governor's office was something he was excited to try to bring to Washington."

The rest of Kaine's old team has yet to climb aboard, but he has deep relationships with some of the best-known Democratic strategists in the business. His manager was Mike Henry, who later served as a deputy campaign manager to Hillary Clinton and who managed Mark Warner's 2008 Senate campaign. And Pete Brodnitz, the well-respected numbers guru at Benenson Strategy Group, served as Kaine's top pollster.

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