At the DNC’s summer meeting in Arizona last week, longtime Clinton aide Harold Ickes rejoined the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, a fellow rules committee member, said: “He predated the Clinton era, but when I saw Harold reappointed to the D.N.C., he surely, in my judgment, symbolizes the return of the Clintons.”
Ickes said he was put back on the committee for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but he also acknowledged that he “actively sought” the appointment. Ickes: “It is in my view the most important committee at the D.N.C. because of its role in shaping the nomination process. The goal is to design rules to nominate the strongest candidate for the general election.”
During the 2008 primary fight between Hillary Clinton and President Obama, Ickes used his rules committee perch to “memorably” rail “against a compromise on disputed delegates.” Ickes: “I was not reappointed after the 2008 election for some pretty obvious reasons.”
Ickes “said he did not rejoin the committee at the behest of” the Clintons. Ickes: “I was on the rules committee for years and years, but, yes, I can understand people reading it that way.” (New York Times)
Ickes return to his powerful committee post is the latest in a string of signs that Clinton is seriously weighing a 2016 bid.
— Kevin Brennan