Booker hires Gavin Newsom's 2018 campaign manager to run 2020 bid

Booker hires Gavin Newsom's 2018 campaign manager to run 2020 bid
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.) has hired the campaign manager behind Gavin Newsom's successful 2018 bid for the California governor's mansion as the senator announces his bid for the White House.

Local news affiliate KTLA reports that Booker has hired Addisu Demissie, who previously worked as Newsom's 2018 campaign manager, to run his presidential campaign which officially launched Friday morning.

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Before joining Newsom's campaign, Demissie previously served as Booker's campaign manager in 2013, when Booker was first elected to the Senate.

"I could not be more lucky to have @just_jenna with me on this campaign. A true superstar talent (and just wait until you hear some of the others folks @CoryBooker's got on board!)," Demissie tweeted Friday, confirming his appointment.

Booker has also started staffing up in early primary states, KTLA reports, making several hires from House Democratic campaigns and one pickup from former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa.

The junior New Jersey senator announced his campaign Friday morning, coinciding with the beginning of Black History Month.

"The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it," he said in an announcement video.

Booker joins an already crowded field of 2020 Democratic primary contenders, including fellow Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

The field is expected to grow to as many as 30 hopefuls as big names like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Trump: Foreign countries want Biden in office so they can continue 'ripping off' the US MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE (D-Texas) are all thought to be considering a run.