Three top aides with Ready for Hillary, the political action committee encouraging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, on Monday traveled to New Hampshire to begin building support for Clinton among some of the state's key Democratic leaders.
"We are holding a series of meetings with political leaders, labor leaders and prominent activists," said spokesman Seth Bringman, one of those making the trip. "The purpose of the meetings is to learn from these leaders about how to best harness and mobilize the widespread enthusiasm among Hillary’s supporters in the state."
Joining Bringman were Ready for Hillary Deputy Director Alissa Ko, and Craig Smith, a longtime Clinton ally and a senior adviser to the PAC. Representatives for Ready for Hillary plan to visit Iowa later this month, Bringman said.
The trip to New Hampshire, an unambivalent step toward laying a foundation for later grassroots campaign work in the key state, came not long after Ready For Hillary rented an email list of past supporters from HillaryClinton.com, a site operated by Clinton's PAC, Friends of Hillary. Ready For Hillary used the list to send a message from Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, urging them to get a Clinton bumper sticker.
Clinton, a former Secretary of State, U.S. senator and first lady, has remained coy about any plans she has to run for president in 2016, but her allies have been working behind the scenes to gradually build a national support network, of which Ready For Hillary is a key player. Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that supported President Obama, has also begun to shift its focus to a possible Clinton run in 2016.