Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE has hired a former aide for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) presidential campaigns to be his campaign’s digital director.
Rob Flaherty, who worked as a digital director for O’Rourke and as director of digital rapid response for Clinton’s 2016 bid, confirmed in a tweet that he had been hired by Biden’s campaign.
“Excited to be joining @JoeBiden and co.,” he posted.
I have, to this point, lived a life full of malarky.
But that ends today*.
Excited to be joining @JoeBiden and co.
*it does not end todayhttps://t.co/BrGhtacMXy
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) December 12, 2019
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Flaherty also served as the creative director at Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, after working on Clinton’s campaign.
News of his hire by Biden’s campaign was first reported by Politico.
“We are excited to welcome Rob to Team Joe, as we add more firepower to our already robust digital operation,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said, according to Politico. “Rob is a creative, savvy digital strategist whose experience and skill will be a valuable addition to the team and our efforts to reach voters online.”
News of Flaherty’s hiring comes after Biden’s camp unveiled an ad last week that received 11.9 million views on Twitter. The spot said the world is mocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
Biden has maintained his spot atop many recent surveys of the Democratic primary, competing against Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) in early state polling.