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Schale to head Obama's campaign in Florida

Steve Schale, the Democratic wunderkind who helped steer House Democrats to 9 victories in the last two years and strengtened Dem legislative numbers for the first time in 20 years, has been tapped to head up the Obama campaign in Florida.

Schale, who got his start as a spokesman for former House Democrative Leader Doug Wiles and then became top political operative for Democratic Leader Dan Gelber, will match up against Arlene DiBenigno, McCain's political director in Florida. She is the former campaign advisor and deputy chief of staff to Charlie Crist, and another young veteran political hand.

Schale will oversee the grassroots voter outreach effort the campaign has begun as well as a voter registration and education drive designed to tap the swell of new voters turned-on by the Obama candidacy.