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Moran Hires Campaign Manager

Tim Craig

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian J. Moran will announce today he's hired a campaign manager, according to officials close to the campaign.

Andrew Roos, who oversaw Jack Markell's successful campaign for governor in Delaware last year, will become Moran's campaign manager.

Mame Reiley had been overseeing Moran's campaign, but he always planned on bringing on someone else to assume the role of manager. Reiley will continue to be the chair of Moran's effort and head his finance operation. Steve Jarding will also continue to serve as Moran's senior strategist.

As manager of Markell's campaign, Roos helped Markell upset then former Delaware Lt. Gov. John Carney in the Democratic primary. In that race, Carney started off the campaign with a big lead but Markell closed the gap after strong fundraising and an aggressive effort to organize voters.

"Roos has won primaries, and that is what we were looking for," said one Democratic official who is close to Moran. In a statement, Roos said Moran "will run an aggressive issued-based grassroots campaign."

"We will be successful because this campaign will be about whose ideas and record demonstrate they can meet the tremendous challenges the next governor will face," said Roos said. "It is clear that, while we will be outspent, we won't be out-worked. This campaign will be won by who builds the strongest grassroots network and Brian Moran is off to a great start."

Roos, 33, has also worked as a field organizer in New Hampshire and on campaigns in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, according to Wilmington News Journal. In an interview with that paper in September, he said his life during a campaign consists of getting up, going to work, getting dinner, then going to bed.

Moran will also announce today that Al Quinlan will be his pollster, Ed Peavy will be his direct mail consultant and Bob Corn will head up his voter targeting efforts.

Quinlan, of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, has worked for a range of Democratic candidates, including Vice President Walter Mondale and Senators Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle, Mary Landrieu, Chris Dodd, Jeff Bingaman, Amy Klobuchar, Jean Shaheen and Tom Udall.

Peavy is the lead partner at Mission Control. Last year, Peavy headed up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditures in support of U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.). Corn, of Landmark Strategies, also has extensive experience in Virginia, helping both Kaine and Sen. Mark R. Warner and target voters. He also served as a consultant to Sen. James Webb in 2006 and Rep. Gerald R. Connolly last year.

By Tim Craig  |  January 12, 2009; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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Wait, wait... the candidate (Moran) who cries about Terry's out of state influences brings in a campaign manager from out of state?


Posted by: UVANick | January 13, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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