The Raleigh News and Observer reported last week that Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Elaine Marshall has demoted her old campaign manager to deputy, and hired a new one, Tim Phillips of Alexandria, Va.
What’s the big deal? There’s the obvious and the not-so-obvious.
Campaign shakeups this late in the game are indicative of major troubles inside, despite what they players may have reported to the news media.
Includes a de-emphasis on some of the liberal issues Marshall focused on during her primary campaign, including gay rights.
Often, during primaries, Democrats must play “Who is the most liberal?” just as Republicans play the opposite. Then both try to shift to the middle for the general election. (KCC has no admiration for GOP candidates who call themselves conservatives and then shift.)
Marshall is doing exactly this.
In 2008, Phillips worked for a Mississippi Democrat U.S. Senate candidate (and former Governor), Ronnie Musgrove. When Republicans were trying to portray Musgrove as an ultra-liberal in that conservative state, Phillips was quoted as saying “Musgrove has a long record of opposing abortion and same-sex marriage”.
Opposing abortion and same-sex marriage as stated by the same Tim Phillips, now in charge of Marshall’s campaign? Yes, and in fact, Marshall has appeared to de-emphasize gay issues on her campaign website, putting them in a ”civil rights” list, along with women’s rights, and “family rights” issues.
One upset Marshall supporter even commented in the News and Observer, that
We don’t need another moderate Dem in Washington! Elaine, stand up for what you believe, not what you believe will get you elected!!
We’ll see how it all goes. To her credit, at least Elaine, thus far, does not appear to be bought and sold by the evil unions. However, appearances can be deceiving.
Your blogger is, in no way attempting to portray Mrs. Marshall as a bad person. KCC has worked with her via their mutual interest in the NC Institute of Political Leadership. KCC was a fellow in the Spring of 1992 and Marshall was in a later class. However, we have differing political philophies and your blogger strongly supports the re-election of Senator Richard Burr.