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David Plouffe joining Uber as senior vice president

David Plouffe. (Francois Durand/Getty Images)

David Plouffe, the well-known Democratic strategist who managed President Obama's 2008 campaign, has accepted a position with Uber, the popular app-based ride-sharing service.

The San Francisco-based company announced his hire on Tuesday. Plouffe's title will be senior vice president of policy and strategy. He starts in September.

The move marks the second time in recent weeks the political world and Uber have intersected. It also holds implications for staffing at the White House.

The move is likely to put an end to speculation that Plouffe could be returning to the White House as Obama's chief of staff. Plouffe, who is very close with Obama, served as one of Obama's senior White House advisers from 2011 to 2013.

"David will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts. I will look to him as a strategic partner on all matters as Uber grows around the world," said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a statement.

Plouffe said in his statement that he could not "be more excited to join such a vibrant company and its people who will be at the absolute leading edge of tomorrow’s innovations and changing people’s lives and their cities for the better. It will be a privilege to jump in the foxhole with the team at this great startup and get to work."

The announcement of Plouffe's hire comes less than two weeks after the Republican National Committee launched a petition in support of Uber on its Web site.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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