Hildebrand Returns to the Private Sector
Steve Hildebrand, one of the principal architects of President-elect Barack Obama's field operation during his successful primary and general election campaigns, will return to his consulting company rather than take a job in the White House, Hildebrand confirmed to the Fix Monday.
"I'm returning to Hildebrand Tewes to work on a variety of issues that will be debated before the new Congress and important to our new President," said Hildebrand via email.
Hildebrand and Paul Tewes, Obama's Iowa state director during the caucuses and the day-to-day director of the Democratic National Committee in the general election, formed their eponymous consulting shop in early 2005. Both men took leaves from the company in the early days of 2007 to work full time for Obama. (The Fix named Hildebrand and Tewes "winners" in our post-election analysis.)
Hildebrand is the third member of Obama's campaign inner circle to pass up the White House for the private sector. He follows in the footsteps of campaign manager David Plouffe and senior adviser Anita Dunn.
The notoriously shy Hildebrand has received a bit of unwanted publicity of late in response to a piece he wrote for the Huffington Post asking liberals to give Obama a break when it came to the ideological positioning of his Cabinet picks.
"This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that President-Elect Obama is making. Some believe the appointments generally aren't progressive enough. Having worked with former Senator Obama for the last two years, I can tell you, that isn't the way he thinks and it's not likely the way he will lead."
The liberal blogosphere -- as it does from time to time -- exploded in response.
Of the controversy, Hildebrand said: "It didn't surprise me that many on the left were angry with me. Too many feel I was telling them to keep quiet (although they used different words). Most importantly, I stand firmly by my point that with so many major problems facing our country, we all must come together in order to solve them. If we don't, we will continue down the same path and more and more people in this country will be hurting."
December 16, 2008; 11:28 AM ET
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