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The Tumultuous Life of a Political Campaign Manager

Political campaign managers have been in the spotlight recently. Last week, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced she was replacing veteran campaign manager Karin Johanson. Around the same time, national attention turned towards Dave Brat’s 23-year-old campaign manager, after Brat defeated fellow Republican and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Congressional primary. So, […]

Political campaign managers have been in the spotlight recently. Last week, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced she was replacing veteran campaign manager Karin Johanson. Around the same time, national attention turned towards Dave Brat's 23-year-old campaign manager, after Brat defeated fellow Republican and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Congressional primary.

So, what exactly do campaign managers do? How much influence do they have over what candidates for political office say and do? And why should we care about the goings-on behind the scenes of a political campaign. We discuss these and other intricacies of political campaigning in Texas, the role campaign managers play, the challenges they face and how much influence they ultimately have on a campaign’s success or failure.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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