Back in the Saddle

Longtime Clinton aide rejoins DNC rules committee.

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Aug. 28, 2013, 6:15 a.m.

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


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