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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:39 PM

A Clinton In ‘Transition’ Keeps Opponents And Donors Frozen

Hillary Clinton left the State Department nearly two months ago, but she still needs a staff to keep up with the considerable business of being Hillary Clinton. A half-dozen people now work for the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate in a tiny corporate space on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, in what is called her “transition office.”

Transition to what, Mrs. Clinton and her aides have not yet said. But the question hovers over her every move and has frozen in place the very early — but for some potential candidates, very important — presidential maneuvering on the Democratic side.

Mrs. Clinton’s post-government life is so new that she is barely off her State Department health care plan. The Iowa caucuses are at least 33 months away. But that has not dissuaded a network of former campaign staff members and volunteers from starting a political action committee, “Ready for Hillary,” dedicated to what they hope will be her 2016 run.

Nor has it stopped major polling outfits like the one at Quinnipiac University from seeing how she would do in a presidential contest against two Republican contenders from Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. In a Quinnipiac poll conducted two weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton thrashed both by 11 percentage points in their home state.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/us/politics/a-hillary-clinton-in-transition-has-rivals-and-donors-frozen-in-place.html?google_editors_picks=true&_r=0

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 02:36 PM

1. Hillary Needs To Make Her Intentions Known by Christmas

Doing so will give other Dems time to fund raise and prepare for 2016. Delaying her decision could gum up the works for Dems all across the country.

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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 04:47 AM

2. I think this is typical media hype

Given Clinton left office so recently I'm sure she is still sorting through stuff from four years as SOS. I strongly doubt given her busy schedule she had time to go through anything before she left and Kerry took over (likely it was staff that packed her office). It is possible that no matter what happens she may want to catalog and display certain things in the future.

Her prior campaign account was closed as it had a surplus after all her debt was paid off. If she does run, she'll have to open a new one which is smart anyway because it distances any problems that occurred in her 2008 campaign.

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