TITLE

Campaign Journal

AUTHOR(S)
Lizza, Ryan
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/15/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 9, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author speculates that Bob Shrum, adviser to U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry, could play an important role in Kerry's selection of a running mate. One thus-far-undiscussed criterion John Kerry might use to choose his running mate: former clients of Bob Shrum, Kerry's close adviser and message guru. In 2000, Shrum, then advising Al Gore, famously urged the vice president to pick John Edwards, a client of Shrum's in 1998. This year, there is at least one other past Shrum client to watch: Florida Senator Bill Nelson. Nelson is a fiscal conservative, a member of the Armed Services Committee, and a former space shuttle crew member. Conspiracy theorists will note that Senator Nelson was recently floated as a potential Kerry veep in a column by Bob Novak, a Shrum pal for 30 years. Shrum probably has a better shot at getting his way this year than he did in 2000. He's personally much closer to Kerry than he was to Gore. And, a little while ago, the Kerry campaign announced that a man named Jim Johnson will lead the vice-presidential selection process. Johnson was Vice President Walter Mondale's executive assistant, and he also founded the corporate consulting firm Public Strategies. Perhaps, more important, a senior Kerry aide points out, Johnson is an old friend of Shrum's.
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