From Under the Dome comes news of a shakeup in Dole Land.
In the ultimate "Friday Afternoon News Dump" Elizabeth Dole announced after 5pm today that her campaign will be under new management soon.
J. Sam Daniels, the campaign manager, has been shifted into the role of a top fund raiser, Rob Christensen reports. He will be replaced by Marty Ryall, who until recently ran the gubernatorial campaign of Bill Graham.
Those of you in the know probably remember Bill Graham. He is the "amazing candidate" who spent millions of his own money to force the legislature to force the gas tax, and followed that up by blaming the budget of Spanish, Latin, German and French teachers on illegal immigrants, trying to "fix the problem".
He followed that up by spending almost 2 million dollars on a failed run for Governor. In the process he hired a fellow well known to Patty McHenry by the name of Aaron Lay.
Now, the same guy that hired Aaron Lay and spent approximately $38 per vote is gonna save Elizabeth Dole from defeat?
In 2004 Richard Burr beat Erskine Bowles with almost 1.8 million votes. If Dole's new campaign manager learned a few lessons, and can cut his spending by 75% Liddy will only need about 40 million dollars to win reelection.
By way of contrast, Kay garnered just over 800,000 votes in the primary, at a cost of somewhere around 2 dollars per vote. I will take those odds.