Four years later, after he left Thompson hanging in favor of Mayor Bloomberg, Hank Shenkopf is back in the car with Bill Thompson. In key hiring rollouts, the Thompson campaign announced the hiring of Mr. Shenikopf as a senior strategist, working together with team Thompson's chief strategist Jonathan Prince.
"There was a time when he certainly was not happy with me, but there's a larger issue involved, and the larger issue is getting him to Gracie Mansion," Sheinkopf told The Daily News. "I'm emotionally very moved that he would want me back and working with him, and I hope that I can help to make him the next mayor of the city of New York.
The campaign also announced the hiring of John Collins as Communications Director, a former staffer for Anthony Weiner,and Amber Greene as Policy Director.
Thompson also brought on more Obama veterans, including Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre, who's worked on both the campaign side -- helping run battleground state ops -- and in the White House. Another ex-Obama staffer, Will Leaverton, who ran GOTV ops, will serve as Thompson's field director. Deputy Campaign Manager Frank Thomas, who managed Rep. Kathy Hochul's re-election bid last year, and Political Director Kim Ramos a strategist and lawyer with a network of contacts particularly among Latino electeds in the city and state Legislature. Kim Ramos will serve as Political Director.
“We are proud to be building an experienced team that will aggressively campaign in every community in every corner of the city,” said Prince. “New Yorkers have benefited from Bill’s career in public service, including his leadership of the Board of Education and his successful tenure as the City Comptroller. As Mayor he will use his experience and leadership to deliver for all New Yorkers.”