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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Staffing changes at the Harrison campaign

via the Advance;

Laura LoBianco Sword has resigned as campaign manager, and field director Kevin Caneco, who was overseeing Harrison's petition-gathering, is also departing.

Slightly dated news at this point but worth covering. I liked Harrison the candidate in 2006 but there certainly was some room for growth in his campaign if he was going to try again this year. One of those areas was his staff and their experience on campaigns. I was pleasantly surprised when I was told they would be bringing Sword onto the campaign and even more delighted by how early this move was made in his campaign. That was a major score for him and through the spring when we were looking at the prospect of a Harrison v. Recchia primary I believed he was organizing the correct team and had conservatively a 50% shot at winning. A lot has changed and it appears that Sword through her previous campaign connections is not comfortable campaigning against Mike McMahon. Quite a respectable decision though certainly somewhat of a set back to Harrison. From the campaign;

In an amicable parting, Democratic Congressional candidate Steve Harrison (NY 13 CD, Staten Island and Southwest Brooklyn) campaign manager Laura LoBianco Sword, and field director Kevin Caneco, have decided to step down from their positions.

"I thank Laura and Kevin ", said Harrison, "they both do a great job and I will miss them during the primary."

LoBianco Sword joined the campaign this past January to aid in the expected primary against City Councilman Domenic Recchia and in the general election against Vito Fossella, who has since announced he is not seeking reelection.

Caneco has been a Harrison aide since Harrison’s 2006 campaign against Fossella. In 2006, Harrison received a higher percentage the highest percentage any Democrat ever under the district’s current configuration.

"The twists and turns of this campaign simply could not be anticipated and make this difficult for everyone involved," said Harrison.

The campaign expects to announce a new structure within days. Campaign communications will continue to be handled by Roy Moskowitz, CEO, Reciprocal Results. Moskowitz was communications director in 2006.

For more information please visit steveharrisonforcongress.com.

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