June 12th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

DNC moving operations to Chicago

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that a significant part of their operations would be moving from Washington to Chicago, the home of the Obama campaign.

“We've begun a transition period here at the DNC that fully integrates our operations in DC with the Obama operation in Chicago and in the states,” DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney tells CNN. “Our goal is to quickly consolidate these efforts into one operation and effectively drive one national strategy.”

The political, field and constituency operations are being moved to Obama's Chicago headquarters, while the research and communications departments will remain in DC.

After winning the nomination, Obama decided to keep Howard Dean on as chairman of the DNC, and sent over senior aide Paul Tewes to oversee the collaboration.

“When the nominee comes in, we essentially merge the Democratic National Committee with the campaign of the presidential candidate,” Dean told reporters on Tuesday, “there’s not going to be a coordination problem.”

Finney emphasized that the goal is for Obama and DNC staffers to feel part of “one big team” and to eliminate any redundancies. She pointed to 2004 as an example of when the Kerry campaign and DNC resources wastefully overlapped.

DNC staffers in Washington will also have the opportunity to work in other states – both the Obama campaign and the DNC have staff in all 50 states and many will work under the same roof.

“The blending of the cultures is not hard at all, it’s pretty seamless,” said Finney.

Details are still being worked out, how many staffers and who will technically employ them is still unclear.

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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Jennifer


    Wow, really!! He is a man not "god chosen one" you may need to get out of house or read a book..in short...get a life.

    June 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    I love this! Obama IS a strong candidate no matter how you see it. You may not like his past affiliations, and you may not even like his past but no person, American or otherwise is holier than thou. With all the scandal and corruption in DC how can we elect anyone if we hold them to supreme standards. Obama is a man that cares about our country and the people in it. That's what we need. I believe McCain cares too but his policies are being proven to be faulty. Let's take this election with a strong leader.

    Obama and whoever he picks '08

    June 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Lynn E

    This is totally sick. The Democratic Party is not my party. This is a cult. Democrats sure know how to trash their party. Could they ever win again? Unbelievable!

    June 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Jaun

    YES WE CAN...Sen Obama could really inspire us.
    OBAMA 08.

    June 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. J.C.

    I hope Chicago also gets to host Olympics.
    When I first visited Chicago, I told the taxi driver that this would be a great city for Olympics. He gladly agreed.

    June 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Chris, IL

    Oh, Chi-town. Fantastic choice.

    CNN, why do you allow inflammatory comments?

    June 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. martin

    john mccain can, 'hic',veto mly beer whens he can pry it flom mly colold dead flingers.'hic'

    June 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Jaun

    As a one time Clinton supporter, I have no regrets throwing my support behind you Sen Obama.I know you will do us proud.
    OBAMA 08.

    June 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Al D.

    I will post this on every ticker that i can, not because im a Obama supporter, but because the truth needs to be heard, read, and said!!!

    Please visit the fight the smears site, n educate yourself n your neighbors!

    Thank you

    June 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. ChgoDem

    Vito – as a fellow Chicagoan you must know how hard Obama worked to make life better for these youths who have nothing else in their life. He supported after-school program, jobs. He knows well more than you or I how many kids get shot in the street every day!.

    By the way – we live in Mayor Daley's city. Obama has never served political position in Chicago that I'm aware of.

    June 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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