De Blasio’s chief of staff moves to his campaign

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In another sign that campaigns are beginning to ramp up for next year's mayor's race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's chief of staff, Emma Wolfe, will be leaving her position next week to serve as the political director for de Blasio's campaign.

"I'm writing to let you know I'm moving on from the Public Advocate's office -- albeit not too far. I'll be working for Bill for his New Yorkers for de Blasio campaign committee," Wolfe wrote in an email to colleagues, part of which was forwarded to me.

"I couldn't have worked with and learned from (on a daily basis) a more talented and dedicated team of folks and I'll miss you dearly - but I look forward to staying in close touch."

Wolfe got her start with the Democrats in the state senate and later worked for the Working Families Party, a group that helped propel de Blasio out of the crowded 2009 Democratic primary for public advocate.

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Standing next to each other, Wolfe and de Blasio are an odd pair: she is 5'3", he is 6'5".

But politically and temperamentally, the two are very much in sync.

Wolfe is a strategist, a tactician, and field coordinator and is very dedicated to progressive causes, who happily operates behind the scenes. (When I profiled Wolfe in 2009, I showed her photograph to one well-sourced political reporter, who said, "I've never seen her.") And De Blasio, who managed Hillary Clinton's successful Senate campaign in 2000, still talks like a campaign manager. 

Other campaigns are also gearing up.

In January, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's 2013 campaign hired Michael DeLoach as its campaign manager. And earlier this month, City Comptroller John Liu's 2013 campaign began email reporters, and using a new 2013 logo. Former city comptroller Bill Thompson has already announced his candidacy, unveiled a flashy new web site, and regularly emails his public schedule. And Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is making public appearances throughout the city and aggressively fund-raising, is expected to enter the race as well.