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  Aide told Braun to fold up tent
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ContributorGerald Farinas 
Last EditedGerald Farinas  Jan 11, 2004 03:05pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateSunday, January 11, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAide told Braun to fold up tent

Carol Moseley Braun's best friend and closest political adviser said she quit as the long-shot presidential candidate's campaign treasurer in November after she advised the former U.S. senator from Illinois that she should fold her campaign.

Patricia Ireland, Braun's campaign manager and a former president of the National Organization for Women, said Braun could not win unless support is so fragmented among the nine candidates that the party's nominee ultimately emerges from a "brokered" convention, which most Democrats regard as a highly unlikely scenario.

But Ireland said Braun "will have a presence at the convention and fully expects to have an impact on decisions that are made there and issues that are addressed."

Friends had suggested that Braun seek her old Senate seat this year. Her decision to run for president instead surprised many who questioned whether the campaign was an effort to repair the damage her name suffered in controversies surrounding her Senate term and 1998 reelection campaign.
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