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Mfume campaign shuffle

Ten months after announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Kweisi Mfume is bulking up his campaign team.

Mfume is bringing in two Washington political veterans to run his campaign, which has had trouble raising money and gaining traction despite promising poll numbers.

The new managers are from consulting firm TeamBlue. The principals are Lindsay Lewis, who most recently served as finance director for the Democratic National Committee, and Walter Ludwig, who was executive director of Project 90, which recruited House candidates in red districts. (It was named after Woody Allen's line that "90 percent of life is just showing up.")

According to a biography of Lewis on the DNC Web site, he was also finance director for 2004 presidential hopeful Howard Dean's grass-roots organization, Democracy for America, and served on the finance team for U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen's 2002 congressional run.

No word from the Mfume camp as to the fate of another Dean alumnus, Joe Trippi, who has been a consultant to the campaign.

Matt Mosk

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 29, 2006; 1:25 AM ET
 
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Bet some of the Post staffers really hate working for a outfit so afraid of criticism that it shuts down a blog when the organization makes a mistake. Then they claim its because people are being uncivil, but can't back that claim up. Oh yeah, the original lie is proved to be a lie as well.

Posted by: elliottg | January 29, 2006 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I've never heard of TeamBlue, did Lewis leave the DNC to form this group or did it exist before?

Oh, and delete that crap comment, it's off-topic and unproductive.

Posted by: Mike | January 29, 2006 8:06 AM | Report abuse

elliotg was a little quicker today. It only took him an hour and 15 minutes to put up his talking points....

Posted by: Dave W | January 29, 2006 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Bet some of the Post staffers really hate working for a[n] outfit so afraid of criticism that it won't delete off-topic and unproductive crap comments that make what should be a great new feature of Washingtonpost.com virtually unbearable.

Posted by: johnson | January 29, 2006 10:47 AM | Report abuse

If you really cared then you would encourage the Washington Post to open up comments or, alternatively, you would engage in dialog about the subject you claim to care so deeply about. For example, you might consider how race not only plays in this primary race, but obviously the general election. How difficult that makes the reporting because it so skews things. The polls can be off because people don't want to admit their biases. The reporting can be off because reporters either have biases or looking for a "hook" for their reporting (such as Mosk's and Trippi's tiff about what Trippi's was saying in an earlier article). Those biases afe often unconscious so cannot be easily uncovered. How much of Mfume's money problems are race problems is a legitimate question, but good luck trying to peel back the onion and figure out the various factors - weakness as a candidate, background issues, concerns by non-biased folk about his electability because of bias in others. You might talk about money in this race and where it's going to come from especially the fact that there will be A LOT of outside money poured into the general.

Instead you can't compete for substantial commentary with me. I have more substantial comments (non-WaPo bashing) in this blog than all of those whining combined.

Posted by: elliottg | January 29, 2006 12:45 PM | Report abuse

elliotg, I have suggestion.

Although this blog is very good, you may consider starting the threads yourself, which is allowed, on Sun Talk, through the Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun2.com/talk/index.php
and then copying your text and pasting it here on the blog.

If you backlink your comment, you will will be able to generate dialogue yourself and get comments on both The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun message boards.

I have seen posts in Sun Talk copied from blogs, pasted on a Sun Talk thread and backlinked to the blog.

Posted by: Marc Jan | January 29, 2006 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I cannot get a post through on this topic.Why?

Posted by: Marc Jan | January 29, 2006 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Marc Jan, I don't think we do backlinks on the system we're using, but I'm fairly new to the technology. I'll check on it tomorrow, as well as other questions people had.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | January 29, 2006 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Marc Jan, The system does not accept backtracks, since it opens us up to spammers, I am told.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | January 30, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/29/AR2006012900642.html?referrer=emailarticle

That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did.

"What automatic biases reveal is that while we have the feeling we are living up to our values, that feeling may not be right," said University of Virginia psychologist Brian Nosek, who helped conduct the race analysis. "We are not aware of everything that causes our behavior, even things in our own lives."

Posted by: elliottg | January 30, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Interesting.... Lots of Dean folks seem to be involved with Mfume. First Trippi, now Lewis. It's not mentioned in this post, but Walter Ludwig was also heavily involved in the Dean campaign. He worked closely with Terry Lierman who was chair of Dean's Maryland campaign (as well as Dean's national finance co-chair).

I wonder if Mfume is courting the DFAers, or if it's the other way around.

Posted by: Russ | January 30, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Good Debate last night. Mfume really shined. Hadn't given him much thought. Went with "group think" and probably would've voted for Cardin, but now I think I'll be more open to hearing what Mfume has to say in the coming months.

Rales, big fan of Post, referred to lots of Post articles and only one story not related as he said he spoke to Principal in VA.

Lichtman good, passionate, but he would be the one to appeal to the Deaniacs I think.

McCaskill - lovable. Kind of reminds me of Tip O'Neill. Naval Research experience lent a certain depth that was missing from the field. As did Van Sustren's medical background.

And Kaufman brough both levity and seriousness to the night.

Definitely a good mix of the Dem Party, civil candidates and a very enjoyable debate. As McCaskill said "Proud to be a Democrat".

Posted by: Mark | January 31, 2006 8:18 AM | Report abuse

--Phyliss Jordan--

Thank you for your response. This blog is great!

Posted by: Marc Jan | February 1, 2006 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Russ makes an interesting comment that alumni of Howard Dean's presidential campaign seem to be heavily involved in Kweisi Mfume's campaign.

They have top tier campaign experience. They have been exposed to the best practices used and the best minds deployed throughout the nation in running major and highly competitive political campaigns. Whatever apparent political disadvantages Mfume endures because of gaps in his fundraising, those former presidential campaign staffers certainly help to strengthen his campaign from a tactical standpoint in the effort to make him a competitive candidate.

One can make the case that they are good at what they do. Afterall, Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore himself was a political communications specialist on a presidential campaign staff. He has been able to use those communications skills and his presidential campaign experiences to launch a successful political career.

Posted by: Marc Jan | February 1, 2006 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Mfume is a really nice guy-- maybe too nice to put the arm on big donors like other politicians do.

Posted by: Graham | February 1, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

mfume hasn't raised funds because he's not asking. i hear he's done very little call time because he doesn't like to ask people for money. i think the money is probably there -- he knows oprah and russell simmons for god's sake.

Posted by: zeta | February 1, 2006 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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