Obama's Vice Presidential Pick Is Already Staffed
By Mary Ann Akers
If you're one of those political junkies who can hardly bear the anxiety of waiting for Barack Obama to choose his vice presidential running mate, think of how David Wade and Chris Mather feel.
They're among a handful of Democratic political aides from Washington who have packed their bags and moved to Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago to work for... well, they don't know yet. (Though we expect they'll find out this week, and certainly before next Wednesday, when the Democratic vice presidential nominee is scheduled to speak at the party's convention in Denver.)
Wade, a longtime aide to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), was hired last month to be the traveling press secretary for the eventual vice presidential running mate. Mather, who most recently served as political director of the labor union coalition Change to Win, will assume the same position for the spouse of Obama's mysterious No. 2. (Mather, it should be noted, is also president of Steak Club, which boasts a roster of nerdy Washington insiders.)
Wade and Mather and others were hired by Patti Solis Doyle, who was ousted as campaign manager of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and later joined the Obama team to head up the presumptive nominee's vice presidential effort. Others who have been hired to work for the as-yet unnamed Democratic running mate include:
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