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Sweet blog special: Obama staffing update. Chicago's Ertharin Cousin joins team.

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More additions to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, with a hat tip to Politico's Ben Smith.

Most interesting from a Chicago perspective is landing Ertharin Cousin as a senior advisor. Her resume stretches from Springfield to the White House. She was last spotted by this blogger at the big Obama rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Obama's klckoff weekend. Though the Obama campaign is headquartered in Chicago, there are relatively few 606ers on the payroll with most of the top staffers moving in from other places.

click below for the latest on staffing...

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton confirmed:
Cousin, senior advisor.
Matt Nugen, from the Democratic National Committee to Obama camp political director.
Temo Figueroa, national field director. Roots in the U.S. labor community. Also: active in the arcane but crucial DNC rules of the road world Obama will need to navigate. Figueroa was a member of the DNC panel studying the scheduling of Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses for the 2008 cycle.


Cousin was a Chicago lawyer and Democratic activist who moved to Washington to work with David Wilhelm when President Clinton tapped him to run the Democratic National Committee in 1993. Cousin then was appointed to a State Department post as the White House liaison. She left the State Department to run the Illinois Clinton/Gore re-election campaign in 1996. Cousin returned to Chicago as group vice president of public affairs for Albertson's, the food chain that owned Jewel. After that, she was executive vice president and COO for America's Second Harvest, the nation's food bank network until she started her own gig as a consultant.

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