Steve Shannon has announced that Mike Henry will be coming in as the new campaign manager. As I have said before, I have a lot of respect for the work that Henry has done on previous campaigns and nobody will deny that he knows Virginia politics extremely well. In a campaign season where most of the attention will be on the gubernatorial race, I think Henry will be able to help Steve draw attention to all the good ideas he has and the strong experience he would bring to the AG's office. Furthermore, since he has already successfully managed several statewide campaigns Henry will be able to help Steve communicate his message with folks outside of his home base in NOVA.
Another good reason for bringing in Mike Henry is the fact that Ken Cuccinelli is known to be a good campaigner (how else would someone who falls so far to the right be able to win in NOVA) and his campaign manager has a history of running aggressive campaigns (he was behind the swiftboat ads against Kerry). Henry has a history of being able to stand up for what's right and run great campaigns even when faced with tough competition. I look forward to seeing how the campaign progresses now that this change has been made.
With all that being said, I want to reinforce how much I respect Roman Levit who has been Steve's campaign manager so far. I think he did a good job of laying the foundation for the general election and am pleased to see that he will be staying on board as a senior adviser.