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Michael Bloomberg hires Maryland presidential bid operations team, including former Martin O’Malley operative

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.(Marvin Joseph)

Starting his campaign in Maryland early, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has announced the hiring of a team of five who will lead operations in the state.

In a news release, the campaign said the team will be led by Megan Irving Tyler, the former CEO of the Maryland political consulting firm TruBlu Politics who will serve as the campaign’s state director.

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In addition, Jason Waskey, who worked on Democrat Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial campaigns in 2006 and 2010, will serve as a senior adviser.

In an interview with The Guardian, O’Malley recently said he wasn’t ready to endorse a candidate but that he wanted to “hear more from” Bloomberg. He said the former New York mayor could be a viable presidential candidate if no clear winner emerges from voting in Iowa and New Hampshire or “an unelectable leftist” emerges as the top candidate.

The campaign also announced that Travis Tazelaar, a former Marine who lives in Silver Spring, will serve as a senior adviser on the team. The campaign wrote that since Tazelaar left the military, he “has been managing candidate, issue and legislative campaigns from the local to the statewide level since 2006.”

Jason Waskey, a volunteer with the campaign and Yvette Lewis, campaign co-chair, talk at a gathering for U.S. Senate candidate Chris Van Hollen at the Bethesda Marriott on April 26, 2016, in Bethesda. Van Hollen was in a tight primary race with Donna Edwards for the seat vacated by Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring. Waskey, who worked on Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial campaigns in 2006 and 2010, will serve as a senior adviser to Michael Bloomberg in Maryland.
Jason Waskey, a volunteer with the campaign and Yvette Lewis, campaign co-chair, talk at a gathering for U.S. Senate candidate Chris Van Hollen at the Bethesda Marriott on April 26, 2016, in Bethesda. Van Hollen was in a tight primary race with Donna Edwards for the seat vacated by Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring. Waskey, who worked on Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial campaigns in 2006 and 2010, will serve as a senior adviser to Michael Bloomberg in Maryland.(Katherine Frey, Washington Post)

Sharita Thomas, who has worked in various capacities in Baltimore including in the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, will serve as the team’s operations director, the campaign wrote.

Sydney Snow, who has worked with environmentalist Van Jones and former Maryland gubernatorial Democratic nominee Ben Jealous, will serve as political director, the campaign wrote.

February is early to announce the creation of a full-fledged state campaign, considering that the Maryland Democratic primary election isn’t until April 28.

Arinze Ifekauche, communications director for the Maryland Democratic Party, said he hadn’t heard of any other presidential campaign announcing its hires for state campaign offices yet this year.

This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Arinze Ifekauche.

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