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"They're genuinely really excited about her announcing her decision, but at the same time, I think they're really going to miss coming to the Ready for Hillary office and seeing each other every day," Parkhomenko told me of his colleagues. "Two years is a long time."
And for most of the group's staff, Clinton's official arrival will mean something else: unemployment—at least temporarily—and uncertainty over where to work next.
The natural jump would be to Clinton's campaign, but those jobs aren't easy to come by. Clinton's orbit includes veterans of her husband's presidency, allies from her Senate tenure, staff from her 2008 presidential run, and advisers from her time as secretary of State and after. Combined with the job-seeking members of President Obama's twice-successful campaign apparatus, that has made the 2016 job market for would-be Clinton campaign hands extremely competitive. So far, of the Clinton hires that have been leaked, none have been from Ready for Hillary's ranks. The best sign for hope the staffers have is that one hire, Adrienne Elrod, came from a different outside pro-Clinton group, Correct the Record.
Asked about this, Parkhomenko said only that the work Ready for Hillary staffers have done would make them great candidates for any job—and that he also has "no idea" what comes next for himself. "The work they've done here and the successful manner they've done it [in], I think opens doors for them to do all sorts of work," he said.
Ready for Hillary staffers all acknowledge that the plan was always for them to wind down when Clinton announced her decision either way, so the uncertainty of the next few weeks was expected. And given the speculation last fall that Clinton would announce her decision in December 2014 or very early in 2015, the group has already had a longer run than many thought it would.
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Exactly how the group's wind-down will work is still being figured out, aides say. The basic plan is that once Clinton makes an announcement, Ready for Hillary will let its entire supporter base—via email and social media—know that they should sign on with the official campaign and will direct them to her official website.
Though it has a large network of supporters across the country, the group's actual paid staff of 29 is fairly small. By later this spring or this summer, Parkhomenko said, the staff still on board will be absolutely minimal: The group's next Federal Election Commission report, for the first six months of 2015, is due in July, so by this summer, filing the report will be all that's left of the group's tasks.
"We have a relatively small staff, we don't have a lot of physical items and things like that in the office," he said. "There'll be at least one compliance staffer working with the attorneys to prepare the [Federal Elections Commission] report and so forth, but when she announces a decision, our work is complete—and that's it," he said.