Campaigns Hit the Road; the Road Hits Back

Weddings, funerals, Democratic staffers' personal lives fall by the wayside
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 3:00 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shares a laugh with his staff and Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod, left.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Forty-two states have voted, and the Democratic Party isn't much closer to having a presidential nominee than it was on New Year's Day. Election fatigue is walloping campaign workers who planned to pack up on Super Tuesday and are still working 6 weeks later. “People are being held hostage by the tempo of this campaign,” a Hillary Clinton adviser tells the New York Times.

Apartment leases, family obligations, and significant others fall victim to punishing schedules, but many workers keep mum about fatigue, afraid it will reflect poorly on their candidate. Others envy the staffers of candidates who dropped out. “We didn’t win the nomination,” said John Davis, John Edward’s chief of staff, “but I have organized my sock drawer and done lots of gardening.”