But that is what Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu announced today. In a surprising turn of events, Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager Adam Sullivan with her former chief of staff Ryan Bemi, who ran Mitch Landrieu re-election campaign for New Orleans mayor, as a senior adviser.
Sounds like a big deal, right? Not according to Landrieu spokesman Fabian Levy, who wrote an email to Politico stating that this is all just routine housekeeping. “Like any of the Senator’s winning campaigns, we are tightening our senior strategy team and bringing on some of her long time advisers to help out during the last month of the race,”
“We know this will lead us to victory on November 4. Adam Sullivan remains as an advisor to the campaign”, said Levy.
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans cited sources stating that Landrieu is “bringing in people she’s comfortable with and has relied on for previous campaigns”, which would explain why former Landrieu chief of staff Norma Jane Sabiston, who worked on the three previous campaigns, is taking a leave from her consulting firm to work on the race as a senior adviser and why two other Senate staffers – state director T. Bradley Keith and communications director Matthew Lehner – have taken leaves from that employment to move over to the campaign side.
Landrieu is in the midst of a challenging re-election campaign, seeking to avoid a run-off in December, as Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has a slight lead in head-to-head matchups.
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