James Carville supporting pro-Hillary super PAC

Democratic strategist James Carville, a longtime confidant of the Clinton family, is supporting the super PAC devoted to luring Hillary Clinton into the 2016 presidential race.


James Carville (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A person familiar with Ready for Hillary PAC's outreach efforts tells Post Politics that Carville has joined the effort and will send an e-mail Thursday asking supporters to do the same. He is thus far the most high-profile and well-known Clinton supporter to lend a hand.

"He is the first of several heavy hitters who will be rolled out by Ready for Hillary PAC," the person said.

In an interview after this item first posted, Carville emphasized he has not joined the super PAC in any official capacity but is happy to lend a hand to promote Clinton.

"I’ve been pretty clear that I’d like to see her run," he said. "But I’m not a member of the organization or anything like that."

In the e-mail, Carville says that Clinton needs a legion of people behind her if she is to run again in 2016.

"I’m not going to waste my time writing you about how great Hillary is or how formidable she’d be – you know it all already," he says in the e-mail, which was shared with Post Politics. "But it isn't worth squat to have the fastest car at the racetrack if there ain't any gas in the tank -- and that's why the work that Ready for Hillary PAC is doing is absolutely critical. We need to convert the hunger that's out there for Hillary's candidacy into a real grassroots organization."

Carville, who managed Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign and has remained close to the family, has made little secret of his desire for Hillary Clinton to give it another shot after she lost the 2008 nomination to President Obama.

Carville said in December: "We just want to win. We think she’s the best person….  And that’s across the board.”

This post and its headline were updated at 8:51 a.m. to reflect Carville's comments.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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