New York pols seeking work in the Obama administration can look to Patrick Gaspard, who left SEIU 1199, the health-care-workers union, this summer to become Obama’s national political director and is now associate personnel director on the transition team. “Everyone has got their hand out right now,” says one of Gaspard’s political buddies. What’s he likely to look for in candidates? “He likes smart workaholics,” says his older brother, Michael, a political consultant. “To be totally obvious, people on transition teams are meant to find more people like themselves,” says City Councilman Bill de Blasio, a close friend.
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