Podesta to leave White House for a job with Hillary

Podesta to leave White House for a job with Hillary

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John Podesta, a top White House adviser, will take on a senior advisory role in Hillary Clinton’s emerging presidential bid after he leaves the administration in February, three people familiar with the matter said. The move is one of the most definitive signs yet that Mrs. Clinton is building the apparatus to launch a 2016 campaign. …

Mr. Podesta in recent months has sat in on informal meetings of Clinton aides devoted to a possible presidential bid.

The precise role Mr. Podesta would play in a Clinton campaign is unclear. People familiar with discussions said he likely would be campaign chairman, should she decide to run. …

Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment.

In an interview with Reuters earlier in the month, Mr. Podesta said that once he leaves the White House, “I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing in life.” He added that if Mrs. Clinton “decides to run, I told her I’d do anything I can to help her.”

In another sign of Mrs. Clinton’s preparations, a marketing specialist from Coca-Cola Co., Wendy Clark, is coming aboard as the Clinton team considers ways to reach younger voters.

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