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The man who headed the New Hampshire effort to draft US Senator Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race has apparently given up on that idea.

Last Wednesday, Kurt Ehrenberg, a 30-year veteran of Granite State politics, started as the top New Hampshire staffer to US Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Sanders officially entered the Democratic presidential race Tuesday with a campaign kickoff event from his home state of Vermont. Ehrenberg marks the first New Hampshire aide that the senator has hired for his campaign.

“Kurt is a veteran of NH Electoral politics who was already excited about Bernie’s campaign before Run Warren Run, so we weren’t surprised by and entirely understood his decision to join the campaign now that they’re hiring,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, which brought on Ehrenberg for the draft organization, in a statement emailed by his press aide. “Staff changes are a part of a presidential politics, and like any other campaign we’ll figure out who will replace Kurt in the days and weeks ahead.”


Ehrenberg grew up in Newton, where he got into politics at an early age by volunteering on the 1976 presidential campaign for US Representative Mo Udall from Arizona.

The news of Ehrenberg’s hiring was first reported by Seven Days, a Vermont news website.

James Pindell can be reached at James.Pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell.