For those of you who thought the DeStefano campaign already had a campaign manager, namely Shonu Gandhi, you have been tragically misled:
John DeStefano – Democratic candidate for governor – has named Henry Fernandez, III campaign manager for his 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
Fernandez joins the campaign as DeStefano solidifies delegate support from across Connecticut in preparation for the Democratic Convention in May. Twenty-one towns have pledged their full delegate slates to DeStefano and the campaign has secured the majority of delegates in 80 towns. It’s clear, with less than two months until the Convention DeStefano is winning the delegate war. Now the focus of the campaign is switching gears, with an emphasis on field organization, and voter mobilization for the primary and general elections. Enter Fernandez... (DeStefano)
His selection means that the campaign’s management structure is now in place, with Shonu Gandhi continuing to serve as Campaign Director, the equivalent of a Deputy Campaign Manager. (DeStefano)...Interesting, indeed. Is this a natural, planned evolution of the campaign, or has Fernandez been brought in to stop the bleeding?
There's a lot of bluster in the press release. The DeStefano campaign seems to be trying very hard to appear confident--when I'm not at all certain that they are or should be.
"DeStefano Names Campaign Manager." DeStefano for Connecticut. Press Release: 3 April, 2006.