US Senator Elizabeth Warren will stand for re-election in Massachusetts in less than three months, but two of her aides have already decamped to New Hampshire — home of the first-in-the-nation primary — for key roles with state Democrats.
Warren’s former campaign press secretary, Gabrielle Farrell, and a former regional director with her Senate office, Adrienne Viarengo, have recently started jobs at the New Hampshire Democratic Party, stoking speculation that Warren may be preparing for a presidential run in 2020.
Viarengo started last month as the party’s political director, and Farrell began as communications director on Monday.
Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, is seeking a second six-year term on Nov. 6.
“It was a good opportunity for them both and we wish them well,” said Warren’s Senate campaign manager, Roger Lau.
It's not uncommon for presidential hopefuls to have former staffers in Iowa and New Hampshire — the two states that traditionally kick off the presidential nominating contests — well ahead of the presidential campaign.
In previous election cycles, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton had aides who decamped to work in the Granite State during the midterm elections. This allows the prospective candidates to have eyes and ears on the ground in the state well before they announce a bid.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said he was “thrilled” about the hires, saying the new staff “will be invaluable to our mission of electing Democrats across New Hampshire.”
Both Farrell and Viarengo have roots in Massachusetts politics. Farrell worked for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh both at City Hall and on his reelection campaign last year, after which she moved over to Warren’s campaign to serve as press secretary. Viarengo has held various roles with Warren’ team since 2015, including as a staff assistant and regional director.
WMUR-TV in Manchester first reported the news of Farrell’s hiring Sunday night.