Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has state directors and paid staff in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Based in his national campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Chicago -- the home office for Camp Obama -- Obama is building a separate political operation in Illinois.
The point is not just to win the Feb. 5 Illinois primary -- Obama has a lock on that election -- but to tap into his tremendous strength in Illinois and train people on his behalf.
What's interesting in Illinois is that the local campaign is drawing in people who actually know Barack and Michelle Obama. At one recent organizing event, I'm told Michelle Obama's Whitney Young High School principal showed up as well as a person who worked with Obama in the days when he was a community organizer in Chicago.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
"Obama's Illinois workers train to help campaign elsewhere"
Lynn Sweet (Chicago Sun-Times):