It's long past time to start taking Ready for Hillary seriously.
What started as the passion project of two Clinton fanatics with no real ties to the notoriously insular Clinton world now has 18 full-time staff housed in the fifth floor of an office building in Arlington, Va., a few miles from the White House. Numerous Clintonites have signed onto the venture, including top Clinton White House aides and veterans of Clinton's own races for public office.
Now it's ready to expand into a truly national operation.
Ready for Hillary will soon hire field staff to work outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the group's first permanent organizing outposts elsewhere. The locations and hires haven't been finalized yet, but Seth Bringman, Ready for Hillary's communications director, told TPM that the group would divide the country into a handful of regions -- maybe five -- where the staff will concentrate on on-the-ground organizing.
That's intended to give the group even more of the grassroots presence that it's aiming to build for a presumptive Clinton 2016 run.
"While we have a national presence, and there's really a national audience for what we want to do, right now we rely on volunteers," Bringman said. "So that's what we want to do as fast as possible because there's only this year basically to accomplish this and build as big of a list as we can."
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