Harold Ickes, the very definition of a Democratic warhorse, is in the thick of it again — this time advising Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Ickes worked in the presidential campaigns of Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson, and he was a senior adviser to David Dinkins’ successful 1989 run for mayor. He’s probably best known for his long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, after serving as a deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House and as a key adviser to Hillary Clinton in her Senate and presidential campaigns. Now Ickes, 74, has de Blasio’s ear. Being mayor “is a very tough job,” Ickes told the Daily News. “I want to do everything to help him be the success that I think he will be.” Ickes was a mentor to de Blasio as the Brooklyn politician climbed the political food chain, from City Councilman to public advocate to mayor-elect. He has offered de Blasio, 52, career advice and staffing recommendations and helped him navigate the politics of the city’s labor unions. Ickes is playing the same behind-the-scenes role as the new administration gets underway. “I’m an informal adviser,” Ickes said. “He’s putting together his administration… Read full this story
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