Thursday, January 22, 2004
Told you so: Earlier this month, when Carol Moseley Braun announced she was ending her presidential campaign, I suggested that she was throwing her two supporters to Howard Dean in the hopes of getting a job in a Dean administration.
Well, I was right and I was wrong.
Braun wanted a job, but she's not waiting until Dean gets in the White House (yeah, right).
By early this week, (Moseley Braun campaign manager Patricia) Ireland was in negotiations with (Dean senior adviser Don) Haber on the details of Braun's departure. Braun's issues: She has a big campaign debt, and the trickle of money she was getting would dry up once she quit the contest. Braun also wanted an understanding on what role she would play with the Dean team. Ireland and Haber sealed the deal Wednesday evening.
"We are going to help her with the debt," Haber told me. The debt tab could be in the neighborhood of some $300,000 and Dean's camp will help Braun raise the money to pay it off.
Braun will campaign for Dean three days of the week, with the Dean campaign picking up her travel expenses. Braun will become a Dean campaign consultant and will be paid about $20,000. Up to three of Braun's staffers, including Ireland, will be hired by the Dean campaign. In the short term, Braun will head to New Hampshire and South Carolina for the Dean campaign. A large number of Democratic voters in South Carolina, which holds its primary Feb. 3, are African-American.
What's next? When Dennis Kucinich drops out, will Jon Edwards have to hire him?