Thursday, November 1, 2007

Obama in Boise

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 4:00 AM

In the most what-the? political move yet, Sen. Barack Obama is opening a campaign office in Boise today.

The announcement came during a phone conference with David Plouffe, Obama's national campaign manager.

"[The office] will help us with a good strategy and execution," Plouffe said. "We'll marry that with a lot of enthusiasm on the ground."

While the move to open an office in a steadfastly blue state raises a few eyebrows, Plouffe said he feels Obama's Presidential campaign has the support to win the state.

"There’s a lot of small-dollar donors and volunteers," he said "There's a lot of political support in the state."

According to Plouffe, Joey Bristol, currently based out of Chicago, will become the Idaho field coordinator in charge of the office, 4346 W. Rose Hill. While he'll be the only staffer at the office for the time being, Plouffe promised to add employees as the Feb. 5 caucus comes closer.

The campaign's focus is currently on states like New Hampshire and Iowa (as evidenced by the fact that Plouffe had to repeatedly correct himself after calling Idaho, Iowa). Following those states' January primaries, Plouffe said the focus will turn to states like Idaho with February contests.

Of course, having an office in Boise doesn’t mean Obama will be traveling to the Gem State anytime soon. Plouffe said there are no current plans for a campaign visit, but added that Obama will try to visit as many states as possible following the January primaries.

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