As I’ve said ad nauseum by now, the performance by the Jim Gray campaign during the general election in Lexington is the best I’ve ever seen in my lifetime in Kentucky. Jamie Emmons was the man behind the wheel, and now he’s getting a national award from the American Association of Political Consultants for being the best local campaign manager of 2010.
Very well deserved, congrats to Mr. Emmons. He can put that next to his Rootie.
Don McKay has a rather epic article up on HuffPo, where he reports on his survey among Kentucky political big shots to find out who the political big shots of the next generation will be. Interesting stuff, including observing the political fiefdoms at work.
Many of the folks they listed might not live to see the “next generation” (unless we’re talking the next 4 years), but I’ll agree with those who chose Jamie Emmons, Craig Greenberg and Sannie Overly. Strongly.
Two positions down:
Jim Gray did not need to look very far to find his Chief of Staff. Jamie Emmons, Gray’s campaign manager, will join Gray in the Mayor’s office, it was announced today.
“Jamie assembled the best campaign staff I’ve ever seen,” Gray said, “and I’ve seen a lot of them. He’s proven his ability to plan, build and manage a great team. He’s a problem solver, decisive and inclusive, calm and deliberate. We’re fortunate to have him here in Lexington.”
I must say, he assembled to best campaign staff I’ve ever seen in this state, too.