Capital Beat extra: Bill (Shaheen) and Hillary

Democratic powerbroker Bill Shaheen will be co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign. Shaheen will also be a co-chairman of Clinton’s national campaign.

Shaheen, husband of former governor Jeanne Shaheen, served as chairman of John Kerry’s 2004 primary campaign. Numerous Democratic presidential candidates had been courting him. A formal announcement is scheduled tomorrow.

“I chose her for a lot of reasons,” said Shaheen. “The main one is that she’s strong and she’s intelligent and she’s honest and she’s experienced.

“When I supported (U.S. Rep.) Carol Shea-Porter and the odds were against us . . . I said, ‘I don’t care. I like her, and I’m going to work for her.’ And that’s the same feeling I have for Hillary Clinton.”

New Hampshire voters, Shaheen said, “are going to realize she’s the real deal.”

Jeanne Shaheen is holding off on endorsements. She’s director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a position that requires her to stay neutral.

- Sarah Liebowitz