The man who led the vaunted Obama 2012 campaign that helped the president win reelection has been hired to help conservatives in the United Kingdom.
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President Barack Obama walks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 18, 2013.
Jim Messina confirmed to NBC News that he is going to advise the Tories -- from the United States -- in the run up to the May 2015 election, in which conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking reelection.
"I have long admired Prime Minister Cameron," Messina said. "While I will not be moving to London, nor will I be managing any type of day to day political operations, I will be offering strategic campaign advice leading up to 2015."
Before the 2010 British election, 2008 Obama senior adviser Anita Dunn helped Cameron prepare for debates.
Messina also runs Organizing for Action, the outgrowth of President Obama's presidential campaign, that now supports the president's legislative agenda.
First published August 2 2013, 12:36 PM