NH lawyer to be adviser to Hillary Clinton PAC
MANCHESTER — Attorney and former Ambassador Terry Shumaker is joining up with a political action committee already promoting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.
The New Hampshire Union Leader has learned that Shumaker has submitted his letter of resignation from the state Ballot Law Commission, which he was appointed to by former Gov. John Lynch in January 2012.
The resignation will be taken up at today’s Executive Council meeting in Durham.
Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, said Shumaker told him that he would soon be named New Hampshire senior adviser to “Ready for Hillary,” a political action committee laying the groundwork for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and urging her to run.
It’s the first hint that a Hillary Clinton campaign is about to gear up in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Shumaker did not respond to Union Leader requests for comment Tuesday, but it is not a surprise that he would have a role in a Hillary Clinton campaign.
A longtime friend and supporter of both President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Shumaker was named ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago by the former President in 1997.
Shumaker was one of Bill Clinton’s original New Hampshire supporters in 1991 and was a key player in his presidential campaigns. He was also a key Hillary Clinton supporter in the months leading up to the 2008 leadoff presidential primary.
Shumaker is an attorney with the Berstein Shur firm and is a former member of the Democratic National Committee.
— John DiStaso
Senior Political Reporter