Hillary Clinton has moved her personal office to a high-rise commercial building in Midtown New York City, a spokesperson for the former Secretary of State confirmed.
The entertainment website HollywoodLife.com reported Tuesday evening that Clinton had signed a two-year lease on the property, and cited anonymous sources saying the space will be the site of a future presidential campaign office. But Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesperson, told msnbc that the space is the new site of her personal office, not a campaign office. The staff moved in last week.
Clinton currently has a small personal staff of less than a dozen, so the new space – which could fit about 25 people – leaves some room for expansion.
HollywoodLife did not list the address of the building, but a reporter for the site tweeted last week about running into Clinton in the lobby of the entertainment website’s office building, located on 45th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The former secretary of state also has an office at her family’s foundation, which is located nearby in Rockefeller Center.
Clinton ran her last presidential campaign from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., but some Clinton allies expect that if she runs again, she’ll locate her campaign headquarters outside of the capital. New York would be an obvious choice, and the city is also vying to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
It would be highly unusual for Clinton to open a large campaign office so early, as it would effectively declare her candidacy. During her last run, staffers began working in a small space for a few months before moving to a larger office in the spring of 2007, after she declared her candidacy.
Clinton has previously said that she’ll decide by the end of the year whether she will run for president in 2016.