joe hansen watch

DOUBLE-DIPPING CONSULTANTS WATCH #1….Remember our buddy Joe Hansen, the direct mail consultant who also helps out the DSCC by recruiting and preparing candidates (“you’re going to want to set aside a large chunk of your campaign budget for direct mail…”)? We hear he’s headed to Minnesota to meet with potential candidates for that state’s soon-to-be-open Senate seat and help the DSCC pick a winner. J.B. Poersch, the new executive director of the DSCC with an impressive background in the field, is buddies with Hansen and apparently tapped him for this assignment.

Let me be clear. This isn’t a case of a loser consultant. Evaluating candidates and doing the essential work of laying the ground for a campaign is Hansen’s specialty. But I can only assume that the fact that the DSCC is still using him for this type of work means he’s no longer affiliated with his direct mail group. Right, Senator Schumer? I mean, you want your candidates to feel free to select the very best consultants out there, right? Not just the guy who is DSCC-stamped and approved.

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