Some senior staff members of Republican Gubernatiorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli had their roles redefined, according to The Virginia Pilot. The announcement came Monday as recent polls indicate that Cuccinelli is trailing behind his opponent, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Cuccinelli staff were given an organization chart that detailed the new duties of Campaign Manager Dave Rexrode, Senior Adviser Chris LaCivita, and Deputy Campaign Manager Meredith Wall. Real Clear Politics average of the last three polls have Cuccinelli trailing McAuliffe by 7 percentage points.
Some see this as an indication that the Cuccinelli campaign is concerned with the recent poll numbers. University of Virginia Political Science Professor Larry Sabato said “you don’t shake up a winning team, you shake up a team when its campaign seems to be losing.” Others, like LaCivita, point out that staff changes like this are typical this late in campaigns.
The Cuccinelli campaign has been plagued by scandals like Gift Gate, causing election
watchers and voters to focus on the bad rather than the plans Cuccinelli intends if elected Governor. Nevertheless, his campaign continues to push Cuccinelli’s long service to Virginia.
It’s too early to tell what effect the shake up will have on the campaign. We’ll have to watch for the latest poll number to see if there is any indication.