Presidential campaigns

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 campaign adds top talent

2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg speaks yesterday at The Plaza Live in Orlando. Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via Getty Images

Hari Sevugan, a well-known Democratic operative, has joined Pete Buttigieg's campaign as deputy campaign manager for brand and media, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Buttigieg staff has grown to 250, from about 40 when he announced four months ago, in mid-April. He plans to keep hiring.

Scoop: Buttigieg hires McAuliffe adviser Michael Halle to senior staff

Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has hired Michael Halle — a close adviser to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe who most recently ran Richard Cordray's failed 2018 campaign for Ohio governor — as a senior strategist, the Buttigieg campaign confirmed to Axios. It is unclear when his official start date is.

Why it matters: Halle, who also ran Hillary Clinton’s 2016 battleground-state strategy, has impeccable connections to the Democratic establishment and extensive experience working on major campaigns. His hire is the latest in a steady drumbeat of big names that Buttigieg has brought on, with the campaign telling Axios to expect other personnel announcements in the coming days.