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McFadden is replacing his campaign manager

Brad Herold
Brad Herold

A staff change is under way at the top of Republican Mike McFadden’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Campaign manager Brad Herold is leaving that position.  

Tom Erickson, the McFadden campaign communications director, confirmed the Herold departure in a statement.

“Our plan has always been to retool the campaign after becoming our party’s nominee. Under Brad’s management, our campaign was able to win the convention endorsement and effectively win the GOP nomination for Senate,” Erickson said. “Brad will still be involved in his new position as a senior adviser to the campaign. We look forward to making an announcement about our new campaign manager in the coming days.”

One name that’s surfaced as Herold’s replacement is Bob Schroeder, former chief of staff for Gov. Tim Pawlenty and deputy chief of staff for Gov. Arne Carlson.

Schroeder has worked closely with the campaign in a volunteer capacity and was active on the floor of the state Republican convention in May, helping McFadden secure the GOP endorsement.

The campaign change coincides with new, expanded duties for Conor McFadden, the candidate’s son. As recently as yesterday, the younger McFadden, who graduated this spring from Stanford, described his campaign position on LinkedIn as “policy director, surrogate candidate,” although that description was taken down today.  

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 06/30/2014 - 10:23 am.

    “surrogate candidate”

    Wow, apparently, a Stanford education isn’t what it used to be?

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/30/2014 - 01:34 pm.

    It’s tempting

    …to say “Nepotism begins early in the McFadden campaign,” and it might even be true, but I still admire family loyalty, and think it’s kinda cool that McFadden’s son is working publicly on his campaign. Were I a candidate for anything – and it’s a good thing I’m not – it would be a huge boost to my ego if my son were willing to serve the campaign in some public role. It’s good for Mike, and likely good for Conor, as well, that the McFaddens are willing to work together on the less-than-glamorous task of a political campaign.

    It doesn’t make me any more likely to vote for McFadden in the fall, but I like the fact that the family connection is deep enough and genuine enough that Conor is willing to help his father.

    • Submitted by Bruce Johnson on 06/30/2014 - 05:10 pm.

      I agree with you, Ray. But here a kid wore her good shoes out to the barn today, and ended up outside scraping them clean, not unlike the younger McFadden’s LinkedIn profile. She hasn’t been to Stanford, yet, so I’ll take the blame.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 06/30/2014 - 08:24 pm.

    So the next thing they’ll replace

    will be the candidate.

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