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Franken gears up with hiring of campaign manager

The Franken for Senate campaign became a little more traditional today with the announcement that Stephanie Schriock will become campaign manager in early June. To date, Franken’s campaign has not had a single person with the title of campaign manager.

Schriock, who was campaign manager for Montana’s Jon Tester in his U.S. Senate race triumph over three-term incumbent Conrad Burns in 2006, does have Minnesota roots. She was born in Minnesota, attended Mankato State University and was involved in two high-profile Minnesota congressional races.

In 1996, she was finance director for Mary Rieder in her close-but-no-cigar race against heavily favored Gil Gutknecht in the 1st District.  In 1998, she was campaign manager for Bill Luther when he defeated John Kline in what was then the 6th District. Luther lost to Kline four years later, when district lines were redrawn and the 6th District became the 2nd.

Franken campaign officials say the hiring of Schriock doesn’t signal any major changes in the organization but is a traditional step in  preparing for the race against incumbent Norm Coleman. The hiring apparently assumes that Franken will win endorsement at the DFL convention, which is to be held June 6-8.

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Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 05/16/2008 - 09:17 am.

    Hm.
    I hope Al told Stephanie that he might not be needing her help after June 8.
    Al has promised to abide by the endorsement.

  2. Submitted by Charley Underwood on 05/16/2008 - 01:52 pm.

    Actually, the Strib reported this morning that she is not due to start until early June. I assume that means after the state DFL endorsing convention on June 7.

    It looks like either the Franken campaign or Stephanie Schriock is being cautious about who will actually get the convention endorsement. And, yes, both Franken and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer have stated publicly and recently that they will back out and not run against the endorsed candidate. In the Duluth CD8 convention 10 days ago, Frankin quipped that, if Jack got the endorsement, that Franken would host a big fundraiser for Jack with his rich Hollywood friends. Jack responded that he only had one rich Hollywood friend, but that he would host a fundraiser with that friend if Franken got the endorsement.

    So, who knows. Maybe Stephanie will end up working for Jack instead of Franken. And maybe Chuck Schumer will come to town to do a fundraiser for Jack instead of Franken. Because maybe Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer will be the DFL nominee and we will be talking about Norm Coleman’s horrible record in the Senate instead of talking about Franken’s background.

    Both candidates have strengths and weaknesses, of course. My feeling all along is that Franken’s weaknesses could not be overcome by money alone. I think we have already seen that. Jack’s main weaknesses, on the other hand, all relate to money and the publicity it can buy. That’s where the DSCC help could really come in handy. That’s why I think Jack is actually a stronger candidate.

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