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Beto O’Rourke brings Obama’s former delegate chief Jeff Berman into presidential campaign

May 9, 2019

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign said Thursday it has hired Jeff Berman, who served as the-President Barack Obama’s delegate selection director and a delegate strategist for Hillary Clinton in 2016, to be a senior adviser for delegate strategy.

Mr. Berman’s hire “shows that we’re taking this seriously,” said Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, who was Mr. Obama’s reelection deputy campaign manager.

“It shows that the campaign understands that the path to win here is a delegate strategy,” she said, BuzzFeed reported.

“One of the most critical elements is a delegate strategy,” she continued. “That’s how you’re going to win.”

Mr. Berman will be overseeing efforts to secure enough delegates in primaries to win the Democratic nomination, a strategy many believe helped Mr. Obama win the 2008 election over then-favorite Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. O’Rourke of Texas made a big splash in March when he entered the crowded Democratic field to face President Trump in the 2020 election. He currently sits at 3 percent support in the latest poll from The Hill.

He recently unveiled his first major policy initiative as a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change.