Friday, March 28, 2008
Will Wagner Find A Winning Message for Schellinger?
Indiana Democratic Party spokesperson and Taking Down Words blogger Jen Wagner trades in those two hats for a new one as Communications Director for Jim Schellinger's well-funded but struggling campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. In her other two roles, she has certainly earned her spurs as a persistent and sometimes blistering critic of Gov. Mitch Daniels. What Schellinger's campaign is really in search of at this moment is a message as to why this political unknown should be chosen over former congresswoman and Clinton administration veteran Jill Long Thompson. Wagner has developed plenty of contacts in the media, which should prove valuable. Lots of folks, however, remain unconvinced that Schellinger is up to doing little more than buying influence with all the money he showers on the Democratic Party and other Democratic candidates to win favor. Wagner is looking for a surrogate to take her place running TDW and her other two blogs, Accidental Mayor and Bury the Lede. I suspect Mayor Ballard is not disappointed by all the distractions Wagner will have in her new job, leaving no time for her to place him in her sights.