Thursday, June 09, 2005

Team Lautenschlager Transitions

AG Peg Lautenschlager, fresh from her victory in the Vang motions hearing in western Wisconsin, late Thursday afternoon announced some new appointments.

The first fuels speculation that Nancy Nusbaum, the former Brown Co. exec, might run for the 8th CD, being vacated by GOP Congressman Mark Green. That's because Lautenschlager appointed Tina Virgil DOJ's executive director of the Office of Crime Victim Services, the office held by Nusbaum.

The other appointments fueled speculation that Lautenschlager's re-election effort is flagging. Scot Ross, a campaign vet, is leaving as DOJ communications director after only four months on the job.

Longtime DOJ employee Kelly Kennedy, who used to work for Jim Doyle when he was AG, is replacing Ross.

Lautenschlager has also appointed John J. Vander Meer communications and public policy coordinator. He's a former Battle Creek, Mich. newspaper reporter who has studied at UW-Madison's La Follette school.

Brian Rieselman continues in his position as DOJ communications officer.

See Bill Christofferson's Xoff Files, which broke the news Thursday morning and provides a negative assessment of the Lautenschlager re-election effort.