They vowed to "smite Republicans, mafia-style," and could wind up running Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
A secret email list shows two young Democratic operatives — potential campaign managers for Clinton in 2016 — using mafia references and derogatory comments about Republicans in messages obtained by ABC News, which could shed light on the aggressive attitude of the campaign to come.
The group calls itself the “Mook Mafia,” named for Robby Mook, who has worked on various Democratic campaigns. The email list was also maintained with Marlon Marshal, now an Obama White House aide. It went out to about 150 campaign and political operatives, according to ABC.
In a message announcing that Marshall was taking a new job, Mook wrote: “I know this prodical [sic] son will return to the mafia manger soon enough to smite Republicans mafia-style.”
Marshall explained he would not be fully departing: “First, the mafia never separates, it just continues to grow and expand and move into other states in order to destroy Republicans."
In a separate message from Marshall during the 2010 special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated after the death of Ted Kennedy, Marshall told members to “punish those voters.”
“F U Republicans. Mafia till I die,” Marshall wrote. “If you have just a few minutes, hop on that activate and punish those voters!”
ABC noted that “activate” was likely referring to a software program that lets volunteers call voters from anywhere in the country.
Some of the tough-guy language seems to have been in jest, but the Clinton supporter who leaked the emails did so believing neither Mook nor Marshall should take a leadership role in the 2016 campaign, according to ABC.
Mook did stints on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and managed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s successful 2013 campaign.
Marshall was part of the Clinton campaign in 2008 before joining the Obama campaign after the primaries. He also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and currently serves as the principal deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.