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Mike Henry to Manage Warner's Campaign

Tim Craig

Former governor Mark R. Warner (D) announced today that Mike Henry, who resigned earlier this month as Sen. Hillary Clinton's deputy campaign manager, will oversee his U.S. Senate campaign this year.

A graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Henry is a veteran of Virginia politics. After working for Virginia House and Senate Democratic caucuses in the 1990s, Henry led the state Democratic party's coordinated campaign effort when Warner ran for governor in 2001.

In 2005, Henry managed Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's (D) campaign for governor. Henry is widely credited with helping to revamp how Virginia Democrats win statewide elections by targeting new groups of suburban voters and perfecting the get out to vote effort.

In 2006, Henry ran the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee independent expenditure effort, which spent tens of millions of dollars ads on television ads to helpthe party retake control of the Senate. In Virginia, the ads helped Sen. James Webb (D) keep pace with former senator George Allen's initial fundraising advantage.

Henry joined Clinton's campaign last year, but resigned Feb. 12 after a staff shake up following her poor showing in the Potomac primaries.

"Mike has played a key role in several recent political successes here in the Commonwealth, and his experience and skill will be important as we prepare to launch our effort to change the divisive politics of Washington," Warner said in a statement. "I have confidence in Henry's ability to lead winning campaigns, and I welcome him to our team."

Henry will join Warner's staff March 3. Monica Dixon, who has been serving as acting campaign manager, will become a general consultant for the Warner campaign.

By Tim Craig  |  February 22, 2008; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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