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ALBANY, N.Y. - A top adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton thinks fellow Democrat John Kerry [related, bio] ``ran what was basically an inconsistent campaign'' for president last year, according to a published report Thursday.
Clinton and Kerry are considered potential rivals for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
The Kerry campaign had ``a different message every two or three weeks,'' Ann Lewis, director of communications for Clinton's political action committee, told the Forward, a weekly New York City-based newspaper aimed at a Jewish audience.
Lewis is quoted as saying the Kerry campaign ``kept trying to rationally convince, to put a presidency together, line by line, plan by plan.''
She said people ``don't vote for plans, they vote for presidents.''
Asked about the Forward's report, Lewis told The Associated Press that her comments ``reflect general post-election conversations about campaign strategy that were discussed throughout the party.''
``I worked very hard for John Kerry's election,'' Lewis told the AP, saying she was ``deeply sorry he lost.''
``It doesn't sound like the Ann Lewis I worked with at the Kerry campaign in 2004,'' said Jenny Backus, a Kerry political aide, after reading the Forward story.
``Kerry and Clinton are very close,'' Backus added. ``They're working together on lots of good bills. He's doing a big fund-raiser for her (Senate campaign) in Boston. He headlined a big fund-raiser for her in (Washington) D.C.''
``As Senator Clinton said after the election, she thinks John Kerry ran a strong campaign,'' said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.
Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic operative, said Lewis' comments are ``not helpful to Hillary.''
``What Hillary needs is a smooth playing field,'' said Sheinkopf, who worked on President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. ``All this does is create waves.''