Ramps up | As she intensifies her presidential campaign, Klobuchar makes additional.

Ramps up | As she intensifies her presidential campaign, Klobuchar makes additional.

Amy Klobuchar announced new top hires for her 2020 presidential campaign, indicating that she is stepping up her campaign in the crowded field.

According to a statement shared first with POLITICO, the Minnesota Democrat named five new staff members as well as five senior advisers from a variety of major consulting companies on Monday.

Following the launch of her presidential campaign in Minneapolis in February, Klobuchar, who raised just than $5 million in the first fundraising quarter, has remained in the low single digits in national and early-state polling. Given the fact that Minnesota tended to vote Republican in 2016, she has positioned herself as a no-nonsense realist who can prevail in Trump’s territory. She has, however, also disregarded the expansive policy ideas that the party’s left has embraced, such as four years of free college.

Pete Giangreco, a senior adviser, and Fred Yang, a research adviser, are members of the campaign consulting group. Giangreco worked on President Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012 before assisting Klobuchar in 2006 during her first Senate race. Yang is a well-known Democratic pollster who is involved in several House and Senate campaigns.

Additionally joining the team are Roy Temple, Jay Howser, and Andi Johnson, three media advisers who are all GPS Impact alumni. Temple, who co-founded the consulting firm, has worked on several Senate and governorship campaigns, including those for former Minnesota senator Al Franken and Ohio senator Sherrod Brown. Howser and Johnson, both graduates of the Democratic advertising agency Shorr Johnson Magnus, have also worked on several Senate, House, and gubernatorial campaigns.

The new appointments are Mike McLaughlin, national field director; Anjan Mukherjee, research director; Lucinda Ware, national political director; and Tim Hogan, director of communications.

Hogan worked as the national press secretary for The Hub Project, a confederation of progressive organizations, before joining Klobuchar’s campaign. Ware served as Pete Buttigieg’s outreach director while running for DNC chairman and was a Democratic media strategist at SWAY. Rep. Harley Rouda’s victorious 2018 House campaign in Orange County, California, was managed by McLaughlin, while Mukherjee served as the research director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

The Klobuchar campaign also disclosed the hiring of several residents, including Kelsi Browning, who will act as the campaign’s director of communications for New Hampshire.

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