Congresswoman Noem is gearing up for reelection by hiring a new campaign staff.
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April 3, 2012 (605) 323-8601 (mobile)
Noem Announces Campaign Leadership
Tom Erickson to Manage Campaign, Justin Brasell Named General Consultant
Sioux Falls ? Rep. Kristi Noem announced today the hiring of two senior campaign aides: campaign manager Tom Erickson and general consultant Justin Brasell. Erickson worked closely with the Kristi for Congress campaign in 2010 while working as the Midwest Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Brasell was campaign manager for U.S. Sen. John Thune?s campaign in 2010.
?Tom and Justin are both skilled and experienced strategists who know how to run winning campaigns,? said Rep. Noem. ?With Tom and Justin leading my team, I look forward to continuing to build a statewide network of grassroots supporters that will help me communicate my message and turn out the vote in November.?
Erickson grew up in central Minnesota and attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. In addition to working at the NRCC, Erickson worked as Press Assistant for Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Deputy Communications Director for the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and most recently as Communications Director for Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN).
Aside from managing John Thune?s 2010 re-election campaign, Brasell served as the Midwest Political Director for the NRCC, managed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell?s (R-KY) 2008 re-election campaign, served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) and managed Rep. Davis?s 2004 and 2006 campaigns.
Erickson and Brasell join Jessica Arend, who has served as Finance Director for Kristi for Congress since 2010.
Chairman Rave stated back in July to the RCJ “that her winning margin over whomever next year is likely to rival Stephanie Herseth Sandlin?s rout of Bruce Whalen in 2006.”
Rave might not be all that far off considering Tim Johnson won his reelection to the House in 1988 with 71% of the vote, Senator Thune won reelection in 1998 with 75% and Herseth Sandlin won reelection in 2006 with 69%.
One thing to remember though is that Johnson, Thune and Sandlin didn’t defeat an incumbent when they ran for congress the first time. They all ran for an open seat. Naturally when someone defeats an incumbent, there will always be hard feelings and voters who can’t accept defeat.
I’m sure a lot will depend on political climate and her opponent’s ability to fundraise and connect with voters through retail politics, but as of now I’m not seeing a reason to doubt Rave’s bold prediction on the congressional race.
However, if Noem and her staff are interested in a senate run in ’14 a rout of her opponent similar to Johnson, Thune and Herseth Sandlin would go a long way in making that case.
If Rave is going to predict Noem wins with 69% I’m going to predict she wins with 62%. Either way a thorough drubbing of her future Democratic opponent.
I’m looking forward to the campaign!
She was also recently visiting our neighbors up north delivering a keynote address to the North Dakota GOP state convention.