Team Hillary joined Senate Democrats on Tuesday in the Capitol to solidify Hillary Clinton’s grip on the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s political director, met Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who said, “John and Amanda came to our caucus to introduce us in a very broad, quick fashion to Secretary of State Clinton’s campaign for president,” he told reporters. Reid joked that Podesta was a familiar face, because “John Podesta’s been everybody’s chief of staff.”
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) gushed to The Hill, “We talked about how we’re ready for Hillary. I’ve been ready for Hillary for a long time, and we were plotting our strategy with how to ensure her victory. We talked about strategy, we talked about organizing, we talked about money, organization and message.”
Clinton’s team is well aware that senators will serve as superdelegates when the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating convention occurs in Philadelphia. Clinton has had support from the Democrats in the Senate for years; Sen. Charles Schumer said in November 2013, “Run, Hillary, run. If you run, you’ll win, and we’ll all win.” Schumer wasn’t alone—that same year, every female Senate Democrat signed a letter endorsing a Clinton 2016 candidacy.
Renteria, who has worked for Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow, lost her race for California’s 21st congressional district in November to GOP freshman Rep. David Valadao.
Podesta would only say coyly about Tuesday’s meeting that it was to “visit friends.”