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Former Ohio Governor To Head Party’s Health Care Push

August 19, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste was named Thursday to head the Democratic National Committee campaign promoting President Clinton’s health care initiative.

Clinton, in a statement, praised Celeste as ″a strong, effective, charismatic leader and a remarkable motivator of people.″ He also said Celeste had ″proven ability to forge bipartisan consensus,″ something sure to be important in the congressional battle.

As chairman of the ″National Health Care Campaign,″ Celeste will coordinate the party’s effort to generate grassroots support for the health care plan Clinton will announce next month.

Organized labor and other groups associated with the party are planning efforts of their own, and part of Celeste’s job will be to coordinate the campaigns, while also serving as a national spokesman for the party on health care.

Celeste, 55, served two terms as governor and has been in private business since 1990.

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