Gary Peters (D CAND, Michigan Senate) is now officially In Trouble.

He just replaced his campaign manager.  It’s one of the warning signs:

With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager.

Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of Peters’ campaign operation. Tencher will replace Julie Petrick, who is stepping aside for personal reasons, Peters said in a statement.

“Personal reasons” is DC-speak for “can’t handle the pressure of a suddenly-tougher campaign.”  This does not mean that Gary Peters will lose the election… but it has become increasingly clear over the last month or so that Peters is not actually winning this election, either.  This is undoubtedly worrying national Democrats, since if Michigan collapses then the question stops being ‘will the GOP win the Senate in 2014’ and starts being ‘will the GOP keep the Senate in 2016.’  Hence… the shakeup.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Terri Lynn Land is indeed the GOP frontrunner at this point, and the expected nominee.

4 thoughts on “Gary Peters (D CAND, Michigan Senate) is now officially In Trouble.”

  1. As I posted before working off the successful “Pure Michigan” slogan his original campaign slogan was “Pure Washington” perhaps not the best choice of slogans for this year. He also has been getting hit with anti-O’bamacare adds, and hasn’t reacted well. Also not being the sharpest tool in the shed he doesn’t seem to have understood he was walking into a buzzsaw in running for the Senate seat this year. Land also has much better name recognition in the state than he does since she served in state-wide office, and no one pays attention to relatively new Congresscritters.

  2. Heh, and hiring Joe Donnelly’s Campaign manager won’t help since 1) MI and IN are two different states 2) Land isn’t Mourdock 3) and she isn’t running against Dick Lugar who will then throw a tantrum more worthy of a 3 year old then a U.S. Senator.

  3. His replacement of Julie Petrick is just another salvo fired in the #waronwomen.

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