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Jody Wagner Staffs Up for LG Race

Tim Craig

Jody W. Wagner, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor next year, announced today her senior staff, most of whom have close ties to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

Mo Elleithee, who most recently served as a senior national spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) presidential campaign, will become a senior adviser to Wagner's campaign. Elleithee served as Mark R. Warner's press secretary during his 2001 campaign for governor. Elleithee also served as Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's (D) communications director during his 2005 campaign.

Veteran Democratic pollster Pete Brodnitz will be Wagner's pollster. Brodnitz is also Kaine's pollster. Until recently, Brodnitz had worked for Wagner's opponent for the Democratic nomination, Jon Bowerbank, according to a statement his campaign put out recently. It's unclear why Brodnitz left Bowerbank's campaign, but Wagner is Kaine's former Secretary of Finance.

Alan Moore, a former executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party, will handle Wagner's direct mail.

Moore directed the Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign during Kaine's race in 2005. Moore also oversaw the state party's direct mail efforts last year, when Democrats picked up control of the state Senate.

Kaine's longtime media consultant, David Eichenbaum, will perform the same role for Wagner. Eichenbaum's firm, Struble Eichenbaum Communications, has also been involved in numerous races for Senate and governor across the country.

Rounding out Wagner's new hires, John Rohrback will be her internet strategist. Rohrbach was Kaine's Internet strategist in 2005.

"I'm thrilled to have such an experienced team of advisors helping my campaign," Wagner said. "These individuals know how to win in Virginia, and will help me spread across the Commonwealth my message of keeping Virginia on the right track."

By Tim Craig  |  August 20, 2008; 3:58 PM ET
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That's a lot of consultants. Isn't Wagner the one that just cut and run from the administration before the full weight of her miscalculations hit? It seems to me she might be using the same overspending on her campaign as she did on the VA budget.

Posted by: Trey | August 20, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to bet that when her campaign dollars are benefitting her instead of the citizens, she won't "misplace" $137 million like she has in her projections for the state.

Posted by: Sharon | August 20, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Stop acting like you don't know anything, Tim, it's very clear why Brodnitz left Wagner's campaign - Tim Kaine made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Obviously.

Posted by: Tim Kaine Made Him | August 20, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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