Joe Bodell of the Minnesota Progressive Project tells us that Cullen Sheehan, Norm Coleman’s campaign manager and a key architect of Coleman’s recount and contest strategies, is now also the new Chief of Staff of the Republican Senate Caucus in Minnesota’s state legislature.
Being Chief of Staff for a Senate caucus is a rather demanding thing, so it’s interesting that Sheehan, who one would assume should be extremely busy with running Team Coleman right now and for the next few weeks if not months, has enough time on his hands to take on this job. However, being that Fritz Knaak and Tony Trimble (whose handling of Coleman’s cause was roundly criticized by the local Republican bloggers at The Powerline) have already been pushed aside by the Florida 2000 veterans led by Ben Ginsberg, it wouldn’t surprise me to see that yet another local hero has had his responsibilities downgraded as well, leaving Joe Friedberg as nearly the sole local voice for Team Coleman — and a voice that speaks what the out-of-state folks want him to speak.
In addition, it could be suggestive of two other things: That Coleman’s running out of money to sustain his Hundred-Lawyer Horde, which would make getting new paying gigs rather important for its members; and/or that interest in sustaining the Coleman contest is itself running out of steam, independent of any possible money issues. Considering that the contest has already failed in keeping the stimulus package from being passed (the goal was to hope that keeping Al Franken off the Senate floor would kill the package), it may well be that the persons funding the contest have lost interest. Plus, Norm still has to keep his eye on the Kazeminy case, even though it’s been pushed back sixty days.