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Margolis Considers Joining Obama Campaign

Jim Margolis, a well-regarded Democratic media consultant, is in talks with the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama about playing a formal role, according to three Democratic sources familiar with the discussions.

Margolis has been a 2008 free agent since former Democratic Virginia Gov. Mark Warner dropped out of the presidential race last fall. Margolis was the lead media consultant for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry during the 2004 primaries but left the campaign in April 2004. He is a close adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and currently is a partner with GMMB, a political consulting firm.

If Margolis officially signs on with Obama, he would join David Axelrod on the media team. Axelrod has been with Obama since his 2004 race for the Senate. David Plouffe, who is a partner in Axelrod's firm, is Obama's campaign manager.

Highlighting the close-knit nature of the consulting community, Margolis used to work with Mandy Grunwald, the lead media consultant for Democratic presidential aspirant Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York., at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Grunwald & Associates.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
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