As reported by the AP, campaign manager Jeff Jacobs is on the way out and spokesguy Joe Zepecki is in his place.
This isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news. Word has it that this was finalized quite a while ago, but is just making it to the press now. Of course, transitions, even at the top, happen in campaigns all the time. The difference is that the successful campaign usually isn’t the one making such a move.
Zepecki worked for the short-lived Chris Dodd for President campaign in Iowa. After that he briefly worked for a House campaign in Wisconsin before coming to Nebraska. It’s not clear what his chops are for running a statewide campaign in Nebraska. But maybe at this point it doesn’t really matter.
Speaking of the Kleeb campaign, feel free to take a look at the latest Kleeb commercial, disguised as a “MTV Street Team” report by Kleeb’s wife.
A few things we noticed were:
1) Scott won’t be replacing Joe Ganz at QB any time soon. Maybe Scott’s really left-handed?
2) My, Nebraskans love their hoedown music! Right! Right? Well, that’s apparently what Ms. Fleming Kleeb seems to think. At least that’s the message that is sent across the internets to the MTV viewing audience. Thanks for furthering a goofy stereotype there Jane.
3) Scott is shown speaking, presumably to the campaign staff, in that low, slow, husky, stunted whispery voice, about “what the campaign is really about”. Do you think someone will just throttle him and scream, “speak like a normal human once in a while!”
4) That’s quite the look Zepecki is sporting in the parade walk. We’ll just leave it at that.
The latest is that Hagel may travel with Barry Obama to Iraq later this summer. There had been word that Obama would be travelling to Afghanistan with Hagel in tow, but apparently that has been scrapped, or possibly delayed. In any case, if the two are chatty on the plane it will increase press jabbering about a possible hook-up between the two.
But we just don’t see it happening. What’s more likely is that Obama will make himself look all bipartisan by holding hands with Chuck, hint that Chuck is his kind of guy, then eventually go with a veep candidate that the party bosses can tip their hats to. Then he may hint real big that Hagel would be part of his administration.
That’s our guess anyway…