Joe Biden has exploited a senior aide to undertake an”expanded role” from the daily operations of his effort, the first concrete shift in strategy to get its one-time national frontrunner because of an unsatisfactory fourth-place finish from the Iowa caucuses.
The statement came in an email to employees on Thursday night by campaign director Greg Schultz and chairman Steve Ricchetti, where they also confessed some staff-level departures following the Iowa” punch in the gut” combined with new hires and an eye toward Super Tuesday on March 3.
Dunn had been playing an essential role in the greatest levels of their Biden operation, chiefly centered on communications strategy and discussion prep. The inner email, that was first reported by The New York Times, stated she “will be working closely together with us on campaign plan and total coordination on personnel and budget as we construct a larger effort for the next stage.”
The Biden effort has had just one campaign manager — Schultz — because it established in April. However, there’s been from the beginning a larger inner circle of consultants having the candidate’s ear and a say in decision making well before Biden officially declared his candidacy in April. Symone Sanders has also played with an external part in political messaging and operations.
And as long as the effort seemed to be delivering a sign of liability in the aftermath of Iowa, aides attempted to insist on reporters that the change wasn’t a striking one.
“This isn’t an overhaul of the effort arrangement, it is not even, honestly, a radically different role for her,” a senior advisor said on a conference call with reporters.
Dunn’s enlarged role could indicate Biden will require a more aggressive stance toward his Democratic competitors after a campaign mostly centered around President Donald Trump, as has already been on display this week using sharp and direct strikes on Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, who finished on peak of the area in Iowa and are top in New Hampshire polls.
1 aide said it’s also something of a”slap on the wrist” for Schultz, admitting his wider duties as campaign manager kept him away from having a larger effect on the region which has been his strong suit — discipline organizing.
Biden brought him to his office in 2013 because he expected to lay the groundwork for a 2016 effort before his son Beau’s cancer diagnosis and death finally changed that.
Asked who had been in control of the effort at this stage — Dunn, Ricchetti or even Schultz — a senior officer stated: “The individual in control of the effort is Joe Biden.”