ELECTION 2000: 'Team Hillary' celebrates, ponders plans for future

NEW YORK: While Senator-elect Hillary Clinton was able to outline her future plans at a packed victory press conference on Wednesday, her own campaign team was less clear about where it would be landing next.

NEW YORK: While Senator-elect Hillary Clinton was able to outline her future plans at a packed victory press conference on Wednesday, her own campaign team was less clear about where it would be landing next.

NEW YORK: While Senator-elect Hillary Clinton was able to outline her future plans at a packed victory press conference on Wednesday, her own campaign team was less clear about where it would be landing next.

The team - which made history by helping a first lady get elected to office - is spending this week analyzing the campaign and winding down Hillary 2000's office in midtown Manhattan.

All eyes are on Howard Wolfson, the 32-year-old chief spokesman who also worked on winning campaigns for Democrats Nita Lowey and Chuck Schumer.

However, he is not expected to remain with Mrs. Clinton when she begins her six-year term as junior senator for New York. 'I have no plans,' he said. His two PR colleagues, Karen Finney and Karen Dunn, also said they would take a break before making any decisions.

Matthew Hiltzik, director of Jewish community outreach, returns to Miramax, where he is director of corporate communications. Hiltzik said the overall campaign message triumphed. 'She just spoke to people. She listened to people and responded specifically to the issues.'

However, there was some acknowledgment that the campaign had failed to reach as many Jewish voters as expected - just 53%.

The Clinton campaign was led by manager Bill DeBlasio and involved DC consultant Mandy Grunwald and pollster Mark Penn.

Also working on so-called 'Team Hillary' was Edelman advertising agency Blue. Founder Sarah Callahan worked on creative for both TV and radio ads, and was forced to react to numerous news events, including the Palestinian crisis in the last days of the campaign.

Washington-based PR services firm Strauss Radio Strategies set up numerous radio tours for Mrs. Clinton last week focusing on getting Hispanic and African-American voters to the polls.

Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman PR Worldwide, confirmed that he has already made offers to a number of campaign PR people while Hill & Knowlton US president CEO Tom Hoog said he had had 'informal discussions' with public affairs operators in DC.

Michael Murphy, media consultant to Rick Lazio, who campaigned against Hillary Clinton, did not return calls by press time.



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