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The Romanoff campaign this morning announced that his campaign team was adding Joe Trippi, Pat Caddell and Celinda Lake. Full release below the fold.
Very interesting combination. Trippi is best known for helping Howard Dean catch fire; Caddell is probably best known as the token Democrat frequently deployed by Fox News to rip Democrats; and Lake most recently was Martha Coakley’s pollster. She jumped into the blame game fray.
For one take on Caddell, see:
And here’s a piece on Lake as the blame game began following the Massachusetts Massacre:
Here’s the Romanoff text:
U.S. Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff announced today that four nationally recognized political consultants — Joe Trippi, Patrick Caddell, Celinda Lake and Liz Chadderdon — have joined his campaign team.
“Joe and Patrick have been at the forefront of the biggest grassroots movements in recent times,” said Romanoff Campaign Manager Bill Romjue. “We’re thrilled to have them join this fight for the people of Colorado against special interests and corporate power. Their passion and strategic insight, combined with the grassroots excitement building behind Andrew, will be key ingredients to a dynamic, people-driven campaign. Celinda and Liz have decades of expertise delivering powerful messages that will be instrumental in communicating effectively and powerfully with the citizens of Colorado.”
Joe Trippi is one of the most sought-after and influential strategists in American politics. In 2004, as national campaign manager for Howard Dean’s presidential bid, he won acclaim for his innovative use of online technology and media to build a grassroots movement. Trippi’s work in politics has spanned four decades, five presidential campaigns and numerous successful state elections, including the successful campaigns of Sen. Alan Cranston of California, California Attorney General Jerry Brown, Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.
“Andrew Romanoff will challenge the status quo, shake things up in Washington and make it work for people, not the special interests,” Trippi said. “That’s exactly what we need right now.”
Pat Caddell is one of the most insightful, strategic thinkers in politics. He has been involved in six presidential campaigns, beginning with George McGovern’s campaign in 1972. In 1976 and 1980, Caddell served as pollster, senior strategist and personal advisor to President Jimmy Carter. Caddell has provided polling, message and strategic advice to hundreds of political leaders, including Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Sen. Alan Cranston of California, Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York, Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Speaker Tip O’Neill of Massachusetts. In addition, Caddell has been a writer, producer and consultant to numerous hit films and TV shows, including “The West Wing.”
“I’ve long been retired from consulting,” Caddell said, “but our country and the Democratic Party so desperately need a change in direction and new leaders that I am honored to help Andrew Romanoff as he takes a principled stand for people against the entrenched interests and cesspool of Washington.”
Celinda Lake and her firm, Lake Research Partners, are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education. In addition to working with candidates at all levels, she has worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governors Association, The White House Project, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, IAFF, Sierra Club, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY’s List and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“The elections of 2009 and 2010 prove that we need a change-oriented leader who is willing to take on Wall Street,” Lake said. “This makes Andrew Romanoff exactly who we need for these times.”
Liz Chadderdon is president of The Chadderdon Group, a direct mail, strategic messaging and training company. She has created messaging, strategy and persuasion mail for presidential, congressional, state legislative and municipal races and advocacy groups in 25 states.
“Speaker Romanoff has the courage and integrity that is missing in Washington,” Chadderdon said. “He knows it is our moral responsibility to leave our state and nation in better shape for future generations.”
Elected to four terms in the Colorado legislature, Andrew Romanoff was the Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He led the Democrats to their first back-to-back majorities in more than 40 years. His leadership earned national recognition, including Governingmagazine’s top honor as Public Official of the Year.