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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  1. It's A New Day in America

    Finally, someone with knowledge and vision to bring America back on track.

    Yes, He DOES have the vision of an America for ALL people!

    Obama – We support you all the way to the WH!

    @L Miami Florida – Larry Sinclair has a Schizophrenic Disorder – surely you know better than to believe the words of a Schizophrenic???? Silly rabbit – tricks are for Kids!

    June 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Ron Borzini

    It shows Obama has taken control and has a plan to win in November. This will show what kind of leader he is and can become In other words, By his actions and words, he is proving that he is qualified for the job..and that just makes McCain look desperate.

    June 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Axel

    Next; move the white House to Chicago too, keep him and his family out of Washington.

    June 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |

    Good Idea! This way, I think that all the heads can get order and structure and unite to bring the party together and get the people of these Great United States of America to forge ahead and put Senator Obama in the Oval Office as President of the USA; making this world a better place.

    I hope you-all will find out what happened to the votes in Harlem and Brooklyn and other Black areas where Senator Obama did not get not 1 vote!

    Rochelle in NYC

    June 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. andrew

    So what that WEAK party moves. I'm so glad that i'm not apart of the spineless party...GET A BACKBONE or just keep losing like always. DO THE Math you weak dems!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Terry

    To Roxy, So are you saying that you want to continue on with the war, you are ok with the gas and food prices, tax cuts for the rich are just business as usual and there is no global warming? Oh yeah and the mortgage crisis is just a fluke. I think we should all stick with the issues, and not get caught up in gender, race, sound bites etc. We should put our personal opinions aside and vote for the best person for our country and for our childrens sake.

    June 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Anne

    I think people who keep with this "I am voting for McCain, because Hiallary didn't win" is getting old. You probably were never going to vote for Obama and you never probably gave him a real chance. So just vote for McCain in Nov then. Oh, Well. You win some you lose some. Get over it! Also Clinton supporters need to recognize that they (some) have been rude and disrespectful just as some Obama supporters have been. Neither are right. So don't blame Obama for something people he's never met are doing unless you want us to believe that because a hillary supporter wished death upon Obama, that Clinton herself believes the same thing. How rational is that? There will always be ignorant people, the candidates cannot change that.

    June 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Jordan

    My first love is my DNC party. My second is Hillary... it has been a struggle to support Obama but I would NEVER vote for McCain because of IRAQ. So let's go Obama... Yes He Will!

    I believe this is an excellent idea because it moves the party closer to the center of the country. Washington is out of touch with our nation, so this will allow our party to be more in touch with America.

    June 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. stacy

    Howard Dean is such a pushover jerk.

    June 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. obama all the way

    Roxy, grow up

    June 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Victoria

    Roxy and L Miami,
    You both seem bitter. No worries, there's plenty of room for you to join the Republican party. After we win in November, you can join them in their pitty party.

    Yes we can!

    June 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Personally I don't accept as fact the notion that 18 million voters who supported Senator Clinton will wallow in anger over time.

    It is reasonable that Senator Clinton's ardent supporters are disappointed. She competed with every ounce of energy. Her supporters worked with every ounce of their energy. And in the end the Clinton campaign was sooooo close, but close only counts in horse shoes.

    Senator Clinton and Bill Clinton are terribly disappointed (perhaps the understatement of 2008), maybe angry, maybe upset, maybe regretful that things could have been handled differently, but one thing is absolutely certain:

    They aren't going to vote for McCain.

    And if anyone feels justified to be angry to the point they refuse to vote for Obama it would be the Clintons!

    So why would those devoted to Senator Clinton vote for McCain?

    June 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Vito, Chicago

    When Obama gets to Chicago, maybe someone can point out to him that over 400 people have been gunned down in this city since the first of the year-his city.

    Of course, since the guy is such a woos only looking to appease terrorists, it's unlikely he would face up to gang violence. As a Chicagoan this weak character makes me sick. Hillary had twice as much testosterone as this dufus.

    June 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. annie

    So now obama owns the dnc and they follow him blindly wherever he goes? Whoops, I forgot they already did and selected him as their nominee.

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. KE

    McCain should just keep going with all the debates he planned with or without his opponent. That will speak more than any kind of smear campaign.

    June 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Joan

    Perfect location for the DNC. Whether you like it or not, companies and agencies are changing their offices by placing new, fresh, younger leaders, managers, directors in positions to handle the new look (diversity) of American. Unfortunately, there is still a few that are trying to hold on to the past. Open your eyes to see what America is made up of. This is not 1945! We can't run the country based on the past.

    June 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Obama's certainly shaking up the political landscape, isn't he? I don't know how corrupt or not corrupt Chicago is. But obviously, Obama feels more comfortable there, and therefore he wants to move his control room there. It's not a good thing or a bad thing... it's just... a thing. And the world will be watching.

    June 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Naomi


    The Democrats are positioning themselves for the "BIG WAR"..


    June 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Good Gracious

    Wow Roxy! I am so sorry that you have to change your political affiliation. I must say that people do repeat history. You sound like the old dixiecrats when Barry Goldwater ran for president.

    I will not bow down to internal politics because I did not get my way.

    I humbled myself and support Obama for the good of the country.

    It is not about us anymore. It is about the country.

    June 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Anne

    People need to get over these hurt feelings. You would think we were dealing with a bunch of kids who have never been through anything. This is life and you win some and lose some. Get Over It! Stop blaming people for things that they have no control over. Oh My Goodness, We Americans are so spoiled that we think it is our way or the highway. What a bunch of babies we are. Move on!

    June 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Ronda

    How can he move the DNC when he has not even been voted the official party nominee?
    For this and many other reasons I, too,



    June 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Helen

    One focus, one desire, Elect Sen. Obama as our President. Thanks DNC .... next stop 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Charlotte, NC

    June 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Interesting!!!

    Well, Well, then they will juts be closer to organized crime. Sounds like the same old politcs to me and I thought that is what Obama said he would be against. Money Talks!!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. abby


    OBAMA 08'

    June 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Julie

    Was for Hillary, but it's Obama's party now so here I go....off to campaign. The Dems will take the whitehouse! Yeeeeeah!

    June 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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