Congratulations to my friend Mike Henry:
Former governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will hire a well known face in Virginia politics to oversee his U.S. Senate campaign next year.
Mike Henry, who ran Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign in 2005 and Mark R. Warner’s Senate campaign in 2008, will run Kaine’s race, the former governor’s campaign will announce Thursday.
I’ve known Mike for years, but I got to know him very well in 2009, during the gubernatorial primary (Mike managed Terry McAuliffe’s campaign) and the general election campaign (Mike managed Steve Shannon’s campaign for AG). Given Mike’s excellent work managing Tim Kaine’s campaign in 2005, and also based on conversations I’ve had with him the past few months, I’m not at all surprised that he’s taking this position. I also think it’s a great fit, as Mike knows Virginia politics – and how to win in this state – better than just about anyone. Good pick! (although the Kaine campaign’s gain is the ONE Campaign’s loss)
P.S. It looks like they’re “getting the band back together,” so to speak, as Mo Elleithee (communications) and Eli Kaplan (new media) are both involved as well.