Jordan campaign undergoes major shakeup

With less than two months to go before the November election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan’s campaign staff is undergoing a major shakeup.

Jordan’s former campaign manager and two staffers resigned Friday, and on Saturday, the campaign announced it had hired four staffers over the past two weeks, Cynthia Sewell of the Idaho Statesman reported.

The resignations — and the hires — are both shrouded in some mystery.

Former campaign manager Michael Rosenow declined comment to Sewell, saying he had signed a nondisclosure agreement after joining Jordan’s team. Rosenow had joined the campaign in July.

A second staffer, event scheduler Leah Nemeroff, provided her terse resignation letter to the Statesman. It read: “I’m so embarrassed and ashamed. Bye.”

Jordan’s campaign did not provide names of the newly hired staffers. But in a weekend statement, published in full by Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press, Jordan said her new staffers “understand Idaho’s issues and share my commitment to best serving each and every Idahoan.”

Not surprisingly, the Idaho Republican Party seized on the news.

“Apparently Paulette Jordan needs to keep cycling through campaign staff to help her ‘understand’ Idahoans,” the GOP said in a tweet Sunday. “She probably should’ve nailed that down before she decided to run for governor.”

Jordan, a former legislator from Plummer, faces GOP Lt.Gov. Brad Little on Nov. 6.

This is the second shakeup in the Jordan campaign in the past four months. Two staffers resigned shortly before Jordan secured the Democratic nomination in the May 15 primary.






Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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