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Margolis Joins Obama's Campaign

Sen. Barack Obama has hired Jim Margolis as a senior strategist for his presidential campaign, tasking Margolis with playing a lead role in the creation and development of the Illinois Democrat's media strategy.

The news, rumors of which were first reported on The Fix last month, was confirmed this afternoon by the Obama campaign.

"Jim Margolis and GMMB bring enormous depth and experience to our campaign and we're thrilled to have them join us," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. "They bring a genuine passion for the cause of changing this country and they'll make a great team even stronger."

Margolis is a senior partner in GMMB -- one of the leading Democratic media consulting firms. He has considerable presidential experience having served as the lead media consultant for Sen. John Kerry's White House bid (until his departure in April 2004). Margolis also worked as an adviser to former Gov. Mark Warner during the Virginian's consideration of a national bid. He is also close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.)

Margolis and fellow GMMB member Jason Ralston join David Axelrod as the key members of Obama's team of media consultants. Obama is also employing three pollsters -- Cornell Belcher, Joel Benenson and Paul Harstad.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2007; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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