Mikulski 'not retiring,' announces campaign team
Perhaps this will help quell the recent retirement rumors: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced senior members of her re-election team Monday morning, saying in a news release that she is "looking forward to a vigorous campaign."
Mikulski announced that Simone Ward would serve as manager of a campaign that also includes media strategist Mandy Grunwald and pollster Fred Yang.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going," Mikulski said. "I am not shy, and I am not retiring. And neither is my top-notch team."
With an approval rating that has remained in the 60s in recent polls, Mikulski would appear to be one of the most difficult Democrats to knock off in an election year in which many other members of her party are either in trouble or retiring.
Among the Republicans angling to challenge her are Carmen Amedori, a former state delegate, and Eric Wargotz, a Queen Anne's County commissioner and pathologist.
The complete text of Mikulski's news release is below.
Mikulski for Senate Announces Campaign Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2010
Contact: Simone Ward (410) 209-4580
(Baltimore, Md.) -- U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced today she has assembled a team of seasoned senior advisors with extensive experience in both Maryland and national politics for her upcoming re-election campaign.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going," Senator Mikulski said. "I am not shy, and I am not retiring. And neither is my top-notch team. I'm looking forward to a vigorous campaign."
Democratic campaign veteran Simone Ward is leading the high-powered Mikulski for Senate team that includes well-known media strategist Mandy Grunwald and top pollster Fred Yang.
Campaign Manager Simone L. Ward has a long history of working with women who have successfully run for national office. Most recently, Ward served in the political department at EMILY's List, advising winning candidates like Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4) and U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio). Ward knows Maryland. She has advised statewide races in Maryland for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign through the Democratic National Committee. Ward is also the former Executive Director of the political association Democratic GAIN where she helped develop strategy and staffing for coordinated and candidate campaigns for more than 10 years.
Joining Ward on Mikulski for Senate is Mandy Grunwald, who serves as the campaign's chief communications strategist. She is founder and principal of Grunwald Communications, which has tallied a win in each and every one of its U.S. Senate races for the last three election cycles, including the campagins of Senators Al Franken, Jeanne Shaheen, Amy Klobuchar, Hillary Clinton, Ken Salazar and Sherrod Brown. Grunwald is also recognized for her work as media consultant for Hlllary Clinton's historic 2008 presidential bid and for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.
Rounding out the team is pollster and Maryland resident Fred S. Yang, a partner in the political division of Garin, Hart, Yang of Hart Research. The political division represents 12 U.S. Senators, including Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.). Yang's knowledge of Maryland's political landscape comes from his work for Governor Martin
O'Malley, Congressman Frank Kratovil, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, among others.
February 22, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
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