A supporter of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE leaked private emails from two Democratic operatives in an effort to prevent them from taking positions of authority in her potential presidential campaign, according to ABC News.

The leaked emails were written by Marlon Marshall and Robby Mook, on an email list for campaign veterans called "Mook's Mafia," according to ABC. 


Mook and Marshall both could be in line for a high-level positions in a Clinton campaign. Mook was most recently campaign manager for the successful gubernatorial bid of Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, in Virginia. Marshall is currently a White House aide and worked on field operations in President Obama's 2008 campaign. 

The release of the emails is a sign of the intense jockeying behind the scenes to win favor with the Clinton camp ahead of 2016.

The leaker remains anonymous, but ABC describes the person as a member of the group email who has worked with Mook and Marshall on campaigns before. The person "does not support the idea of Mook or Marshall holding leadership roles in a second [Clinton] presidential bid," according to ABC. 

“F U Republicans. Mafia till I die,” Marshall wrote in one email in 2010. “If you have just a few minutes, hop on that activate and punish those voters!”

(ABC reports "activate" is a reference to a campaign software program used to contact voters.)

A mock news release announcing the group email in 2009 includes a play on former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama calls on governments to 'do their part' in increasing global vaccine supply China's emissions now eclipse the developed world — preventing climate protection Trump endorses Glenn Youngkin in Virginia governors race MORE's "bridge to the 21st century" line.

“The Mafia has finally built a bridge to the 21st century,” Bill Clinton is jokingly quoted as saying. ABC reports the email was apparently written by Marshall. “This is even more exciting than walking through the back of the Bellagio.”

Lynda Tran, a partner at 270 Strategies, the political consulting firm where Marshall was a founding partner, said the emails actually showcase Mook and Marshall's talents.

"The fact that someone is pushing these private emails just highlights how seriously folks are taking the rumors that Robby and Marlon could occupy top-level positions in a Clinton campaign," Tran said in an email.

"On one hand, it's a shame that anyone would think it appropriate to publicize messages that were clearly intended for a friendly, informal audience — and you have to take anything excerpted from years worth of emails with a grain of salt. But it's also a backhanded way of showcasing their talents, as the messages show both Robby and Marlon have consistently inspired campaign staffers from across the country to stay involved, keep organizing, and help ensure voters make their voices heard."

Many of the quoted emails are simply about organizing reunions for the campaign veterans on the group email. Mook sometimes refers to himself as "Deacon" and Marshall calls himself "Reverend."

The most recent emails on the group email, on Election Day this year, call for a reunion early next year in New York, which could be home to the headquarters of the Clinton campaign.

— This story was updated at 12:03 p.m.