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Monday, March 31, 2008

Ickes is Clinton's not-so-secret weapon

The veteran political operative is relentless in his drive for Democratic superdelegates.
By Peter Nicholas

ARLINGTON, VA. -- Harold M. Ickes never forgets a favor, especially if he's the one who did the favor. So the veteran political operative made sure that, when the time was right, he alone would call Garry Shay, former chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. As Ickes saw it, he had helped Shay; now he was looking for Shay to help him.
And once Ickes started calling, he didn't stop until Shay said the words Ickes wanted to hear -- that he would support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August.

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