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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Obama's Ohio Campaign Director Paul Tewes: Has Roots In Clinton/Gore '96

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Paul Tewes, the Minnesota native now running Sen. Barack Obama's Ohio operation, is a partner in Hildebrand Tewes Consulting Inc. His firm has led efforts against the war, Social Security privatization and has tried to raise awareness about climate change. It has offices in South Dakota and D.C. and has been close to former Senate leader Tom Daschle. Tewes is a 1993 grad of Carleton College and is viewed as a top-notch operative whose field-organizing in Iowa was critical in delivering Obama's Jan. 3.

The Daily Bellwether hears that Tewes is a hot commodity right now. Huffpo reporter Beverly Davis is said to be preparing a piece on the Obama strategist and the Ohio ground game he is putting in play to defeat Hillary Clinton. Hildenbrand Tewes was formed in 2005 to lead Americans United To Protect Social Security, which mustered national opposition to President George Bush's Social Security privatization plans. Tewes first worked with his partner, Steve Hildebrand, as an organizer for Clinton/Gore. He was Gore's Iowa caucus manager in 2000.

There is background information about Tewes and his political consulting firm available here on the company's web site. Besides opposing the Bush Social Security reform -- which many Dems viewed as an effort to steer money to Wall Street -- Tewes and Hildebrand have been involved in organizing opposition to the Iraq War. A brief bio says Tewes spent time as the political director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee while Daschle served as the Senate's leader:

"During the 2006 cycle, Paul served as a general consultant in the successful re-election effort of Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) who was considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat facing re-election in 2006. He was also a General Consultant in the successful re-election effort of Democratic U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who was being challenged in the primary by a popular Democratic congressman. Paul also directed a nationally recognized environmental coalition on climate change strategy. Before Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Paul was the political director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) from 2003-2004 and was the National Coordinated Campaign Director for the DSCC the previous election cycle. A native of Minnesota, Paul began his career in 1994. He spent time managing, running and winning campaigns in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington State and Iowa where he first worked with Steve Hildebrand in 1996 for Clinton/Gore."

1 comment:

  1. I want to say that paul Tewes have worked very hard to help Obama and he have done a great job and the people of Ohio understand that he can do it listen Ohio yes he can the war is a bad deal on our young people today all over the world our people are dieing every day Obama is for change and he is the man for the job in the White House he is young and that is a good thing for American at this time in this country and the world we need a smart and young and a man with great character he have honesty in the best interest of the country.Obama Ohio is the right choice for your furture it is time to stand for what is right your family's need to have what the rich been taking from us for a long time Hillary is just like Bush she have no know interest in doing the right thing by the people save yourself from more of the same thing (NOTHING) and the young men and woman in iraq BLOOD is being brought with a price everyday we must stop this war and Obama can Ohio rich and poor young and old weak up and change your country for the baby's and the children that will be left here after we are gone and for once in our life time people OF ALL COLOR HAVE CAME OUT TO SUPPORT OBAMA AND THIS IS RIGHT IF HILARY GET IN IT WILL BE NOTHING DONE and we don't need a war to go on for the next 100 year Hilary to emotional and she have a ego that is not in the best interest of the American people her husband law's incarerate more black men and people of color than any other president of this country. a vote for Hilary is a vote for Bill stop the madness and come on out to vote Obama yes we can change this mess around and get jobs back and have peace of mind all of you from TOLEDO,YOUNGSTOWN,COLUMBUS,DAYTON,CANTON,AKRON,CLEVELAND,CINCINNATI stand up and make a change for the betterment of this country Obama,Obama,Obama the man with good common sense for the people a man of integrity and with enough experience to run this country and get it up and running Obama is a great phenomenal organizer vote the right choice Obama