Shaheen Staffers Leave To Join Clinton's Likely 2016 Presidential Campaign

Mar 13, 2015

Credit U.S. Department of State

Two prominent staffers in U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office will be leaving to lead Hillary Clinton’s efforts in New Hampshire as she prepares for her likely 2016 presidential bid.

Mike Vlacich was Shaheen’s 2014 campaign manager and Kari Thurman served as the campaign’s political director.

Vlacich received national attention last fall after defending Shaheen’s seat against well-funded Republican challenger Scott Brown.  

Shaheen, who was in the Granite State this week, tells NHPR she wishes her fellow employees all the best.

“All I can say is what a great job they have done for me and hope that their next adventure does well for them,” she said Friday.

Former communications director Harrell Kirstein will also be joining Clinton’s campaign.

Clinton has yet to officially announce if she will be chasing the Democratic nomination.