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    Dave Brat hires former Cantor operative to run campaign

    http://www.nbc12.com/story/25822885/dave-brat

    Just days after defeating Eric Cantor in a historic primary battle, Congressional hopeful Dave Brat announced he is replacing his 23-year-old campaign manager with a veteran of the 2010 Cantor campaign.

    Amanda Chase served as Cantor's political director during the 2010 congressional campaign, as well as state political director for Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Stimpson.

    Brat made the announcement at his first news conference since his primary win, but notably absent at Thursday's event, no questions from reporters. The candidate said he is still in a transition phase, offering no timeframe on when he will take questions on specific policy positions.

    "I appreciate your patience as we transition from a campaign that many had ignored, to one that seems to have captured the nation's attention," Brat said outside his Glen Allen campaign headquarters.



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    So... Brat replaced a guy who was a part of a campaign that barely spent anything and defeated an incumbent who spent millions with the former campaign manager of the guy he just defeated?

    That... doesn't make sense to me.
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    Sounds like Brat thinks he just got lucky, if he doesn't trust his campaign manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt150 View Post
    Not a good sign
    Worked out for Rand Paul.

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    She is probably hot and he will have an affair and ruin his career.
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    Dude beat Cantor easily with no money and now stole his girl? LOL

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    I think it's a smart move - he unexpectedly won the primary, now bring in someone who has ran successful state-wide general election campaigns.

    He can keep whatever team he had before, but now he has more money to spend on someone to groom them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    Worked out for Rand Paul.
    Randal replaced the campaign manager with somebody he knew, trusted and was family, not his previous opponents campaign manager.
    I don't think it is an apt comparison. With that said, I'm not sure this is a bad thing. I assume his primary campaign manager will still be involved.

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    Well, it says but she worked for Cantor in 2010, so she hasn't been with Cantor for two election cycles. I wonder who she supported this time around? Maybe she voted for Brat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard101 View Post
    Dude beat Cantor easily with no money and now stole his girl? LOL
    Hilarious. Beat him up. Stole his girl. Did he drink his beer, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mczerone View Post
    I think it's a smart move - he unexpectedly won the primary, now bring in someone who has ran successful state-wide general election campaigns.

    He can keep whatever team he had before, but now he has more money to spend on someone to groom them.
    The voice of reason. Zachary Werrell did a very good job... in the primary. You need a more experienced campaign manager and a different strategy for the general election. This is basically the same think Rand Paul did four years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelDavis View Post
    The voice of reason. Zachary Werrell did a very good job... in the primary. You need a more experienced campaign manager and a different strategy for the general election. This is basically the same think Rand Paul did four years ago.
    I don't think you "need" to do that. Werrell ran the best campaign I've seen from a Republican candidate in a long, long time, and the message was perfectly suited for a general electorate audience so its not like they even have to "tack back to the center" on anything either. If he were facing a tough general election campaing, Werrell would probably be the best choice for the job.

    I assume Brat's thinking is that since the district is so Republican, he doesn't really have to run a "great" or even a particularly "good" campaign in the general to win. A boring, uninspired, paint by the numbers campaign should be enough to win so he's going with the person more suited to that sort of campaign.

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    Maybe it's just a ceremonial replacement to get general election backing? I do understand why he would want a "seasoned operative" at the helm when fundraising instead of Werrell. Just tell me that Werrell is still a BIG part of the team and wasn't just booted to the curb.
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    An article about Werrell:

    Zachary Werrell helped guide Dave Brat to one of the biggest political upsets in American history, with*Brat stunning Washington by ousting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor*in a primary last week, reports CBS News' Chip Reid.

    Brat, a Tea Party favorite,*has since hired a new campaign manager. After many grueling 20-hour days, the 23-year-old campaign whiz who lost 25 pounds during the primary campaign said he simply needed a break.


    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dave-bra...chary-werrell/



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    GUYS THIS IS JUST FINE

    Now that I've got your attention, you should first find out who Susan Stimpson is. She's basically the single best liberty Republican in Virginia, possibly excepting Chris Stearns. She's got a real record of cutting government and taxes and is fully on board with us.

    I also know her personally.

    There is NOTHING TO FEAR in Amanda Chase being Brat's campaign manager.

    Remember, in 2010 Cantor appeared to be a genuine conservative - it's only in the time since that he proved himself otherwise.

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    6/19/2014
    Something Happened
    By Guest Poster Susan Stimpson
    http://thebullelephant.com/something-happened/

    Susan published this yesterday.

    here's a few more of her articles: http://thebullelephant.com/author/susan-stimpson/

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    Worked out for Rand Paul.
    Pawlease. Satin could win as a Republican in Kentucky.

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    Collinz wasn't available?
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    This guy was outspent 40-1 by Cantor.

    He is a college professor who hired a 23 year-old campaign manager.

    Did he go into this expecting to slay the beast? Hell no!

    But what happens when beast drops dead?

    The slayer's eyes suddenly turn green. It's practically impossible for them not to. Imagine what's going through his head. Suddenly he doesn't have to lecture to a bunch of bored kids as an obscure academic; HE'S GOIN TO WASHINGTON! Limos. High-priced escorts, cocaine, the whole world at his feet!

    Screw those who got him here. Like 99.9% of all others who've gotten the ring within their grasp, the ring becomes all that matters.

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    lol I would not go that far, someone I know and trust spoke with him, he will be ok

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    Sounds as if the campaign manager needed a break. I'm ok with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion View Post
    Sounds as if the campaign manager needed a break. I'm ok with this.
    It does?



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    Quote Originally Posted by green73 View Post
    It does?
    It said he had worked 20 hour days and had lost 25 pounds. I'd say if he is ok with taking a break, then we need to give some room before we judge.
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    She stood by Brat this election.
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
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    I found this very troubling at first, but now that it seems like Werrell decided to step down on his own volition, I'm perfectly fine with it. Especially since Chase endorsed Brat. Plus I'm betting she has contacts with some in the party establishment and has been brought on to bridge that gap and mend a few bridges.
    Last edited by RP Supporter; 06-26-2014 at 01:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitobite View Post
    It said he had worked 20 hour days and had lost 25 pounds. I'd say if he is ok with taking a break, then we need to give some room before we judge.
    The weight thing could be that he just went paleo--he being an LRC reader.

    Where does it say he wants a break? Seems the guy busted his ass only to get discarded like a used rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green73 View Post
    The weight thing could be that he just went paleo--he being an LRC reader.

    Where does it say he wants a break? Seems the guy busted his ass only to get discarded like a used rag.
    In other articles, he is also still part of the campaign team.
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    It's a balance between appeasing his supporters, appeasing the deep state and reaching his own goals.
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    Here ya' go:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dave-bra...chary-werrell/
    Zachary Werrell helped guide Dave Brat to one of the biggest political upsets in American history, with Brat stunning Washington by ousting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary last week, reports CBS News' Chip Reid.
    Brat, a Tea Party favorite, has since hired a new campaign manager. After many grueling 20-hour days, the 23-year-old campaign whiz who lost 25 pounds during the primary campaign said he simply needed a break.
    One week after handing Cantor a humiliating defeat, Werrell says it still hasn't fully sunk in.
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    It's a balance between appeasing his supporters, appeasing the deep state and reaching his own goals.
    ~Resident Badgiraffe




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