REPORT: Buono Searching Online for Gubernatorial Campaign Manager?

Occasionally you’ll find entry- to mid-range political positions advertised online, Save Jerseyans, but the relatively high-level post of a statewide political campaign manager is typically obtained through a less overt screening process.

One New Jersey Democrat wants to handle things a little differently.

Although no one has formally announced an intent to run, someone is nevertheless looking for a campaign manager via “Jobs that are Left,” a so-called “progressive” online classified site run through Google Groups. From the post:

A progressive Democratic gubernatorial candidate is seeking an experienced campaign manager for an aggressive campaign plan.    

The campaign manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campaign, to include oversight of: budgeting, staffing, candidate scheduling and finance operations.  They must possess a proven ability to work well with staff and consultants.

The successful candidate will have multiple cycles of progressively responsible campaign experience on statewide or top-tier congressional races.  The successful candidate also must possess prior experience managing staff and a budget, and exhibit strong leadership and organizational skills.

Hmm…

Jarrett Renshaw of NJ.com says the prospective employer is state Senator Barbara Buono who reportedly attended the DGA today out-of-state. That would make a good deal of sense, given how the major potential candidates (Cory Booker and Steve Sweeney) have enough institutional support to find a quality CM without posting Internet want ads. 

Buono is a long-shot candidate with very few friends down South and few folks who take her seriously “on the inside” up North. The most recent gubernatorial trial heat shows Buono losing to Chris Christie by 38-points; she’ll have to run an outside-the-box campaign to engender any chance for the gold.