Reshma Saujani, who is challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a Democratic primary, announced she has a field team in place.
They include an Obama White House intern, an Obama organizer who worked in North Carolina, and an Obama campaign aide who worked on Rep. Scott Murphy’s campaign upstate.
Here’s the release:
• Megan Simpson is our field director and a veteran of several very strong field campaigns. She comes to us after working on President Obama’s campaign in seven different states and helping Rep. Scott Murphy to his surprising victory in a special election upstate. Her work in the Iowa caucuses over the years helped get her inducted into the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame.
• Jon Gardiner is a Queens resident and a true grassroots organizer. He has worked in minority communities to organize neighborhoods around pressing local issues and I’m extremely proud to have him on my team.
• Paul Heege is a lifelong New Yorker and veteran of a few different local campaigns. He has political experience in both of the boroughs that make up the 14th District — Manhattan and Queens. His local knowledge is already making a huge difference for us.
• Dabash Negash interned in the Obama White House in 2009 and wanted to keep working to bring new leadership to government after her internship ended. We’re so lucky that she found our campaign. She’s the newest addition to the team and is off to an impressive start.
• Aaron Straus is a native New Yorker who brings many incredible assets to our effort. He’s bilingual and has a wealth of experience winning tough campaigns. In fact, Aaron picked up and moved to North Carolina to help President Obama’s campaign flip that state from red to blue — one of the biggest swings of the 2008 election. I’m grateful that he’s back in New York to work for our campaign.
UPDATE: A reader says the hires mean Saujani is likely to push hard in Queens, and probably isn’t banking on getting much help from unions, who normally supply tons of soldiers for field work.