Hildebrand goes Obama in '08?
Read it all here. Why? Because it's kind of interesting in a speculative manner on how it might affect South Dakota races that year.
After yesterday's post on Barack Obama's visit to Iowa this weekend, another tidbit of information came to The Fix's attention that will certainly fuel even more chatter that the Illinois senator is seriously pondering a 2008 presidential bid.
Obama will be accompanied on the trip by Steve Hildebrand, considered one of the major "gets" for candidates eyeing the 2008 race due to his expertise as a field organizer and campaign manager. In 2000, Hildebrand managed Vice President Al Gore's Iowa caucus victory over New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley. Four years earlier he ran the Midwest for the Clinton-Gore reelection effort.
Hildebrand also has considerable experience in Senate races. In 1986 he was the state finance director for Tom Daschle's first successful run for the Senate. In 1990 Hildebrand was deputy campaign manager for Ted Muenster's (D) unsuccessful bid against South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler (R).
By 1998 Hildebrand was serving as political director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 2002 and 2004 he managed Senate races in South Dakota -- winning in 2002 with Tim Johnson and losing in 2004 with Daschle. Hildebrand now runs a political consulting company with fellow Senate operative Paul Tewes.
If Hildebrand goes with the presidential race in 2008, it's questionable whether or not he can devote the time to a competitive Johnson campaign. In 2002, it was a widely held belief that Johnson had the best Senate campaign race in the nation.
In 2008? Without Hildebrand, that distinction might be up in the air. Don't forget he only won by 500 votes - less than the number of votes for the third party candidate.
BTW, The post was also good, because it points to the bios for Hildebrand/Tewes. I hadn't put a face to a couple of the names, such as Chad Schuldt of CCK fame and Theron McChesney over at SD Progressive.