Inslee staffing up for 2020 presidential bid

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to students at Saint Anselm College, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Inslee would be a longshot presidential candidate, but he’s using an early east coast swing to test out his message on climate change as a way to stand out among many Democrats eying the White House. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Gov. Jay Inslee is ramping up his 2020 presidential campaign and advertising for new hires.

The "Vision PAC," created to fuel Inslee's longshot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is staffing up and recruiting a few good people who can run a race with laser-focus on climate change.

The Governor's consultant, Newman Partners, has put up positions of Social Media Manager, Digital Director, and regional fundraisers. The job descriptions make it clear: The warming of the planet will be Inslee's issue.

The goal is to draw a "national audience" and create a "national conversation" about climate, something that nobody running for the Democratic or Republican presidential nomination has succeeded in doing.

Here is the Digital Director job description:

"This role calls for a manager, a storyteller and a digital native -- someone who is willing to work hard and manage a team to positively and authentically build an online movement ready to propel the national conversation.

"It's going to take real leadership to combat the challenge that will define our generation -- climate change."

The Digital Director, adds Newman Partners, "reports directly to the campaign manager." Inslee has not yet formally announced that he is running.

The Social Media manager will be tasked with "creating high quality content that positively and authentically communicates a program message about tackling climate change to a national audience."

The Inslee PAC is also seeking "experienced fundraisers," once more with the goal of going national.

"We are hiring staff in areas around the country. Salary: Competitive," says the prospectus.

The Inslee campaign is building from the ground up. Tracy Newman of Newman Partners has managed various portfolios in the state, including relentless "Fight Back!" email blasts by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and messages from Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., that talk of heading off prospective Republican challenges.

Inslee has gone low and high over the years, quietly breaking bread with wealthy donors, but also emails hitting up small donors. The Governor has shared his artwork and turned appeals over to wife Trudi. In 2012, he relentlessly claimed poverty in what was eventually a multi-million dollar campaign.

He has tripped up just once, when disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer appeared as a lead host for an Inslee fundraiser in Manhattan.

Other prospective candidates, such as ex-Vice President Joe Biden, have stashed experienced aides in foundation jobs. A "SuperPAC" to boost Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, with a goal of raising $10 million, was created earlier this month.

Climate is even central in hiring of fundraisers. The prospectus states:

"Jay Inslee has spent the last several decades fighting to reverse the effects of climate change. He believes this is the mos important issue facing our country and understands solving this crisis will transform our economy through creation of millions of new jobs across America."

"Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply."

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