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Andrew Gillum hires new campaign manager

A campaign that's struggling to raise money has a new leader.
File photo of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
File photo of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Published Nov. 28, 2017

Andrew Gillum announced Tuesday morning that he has hired Brendan McPhillips to be the new campaign manager for his 2018 gubernatorial bid.

McPhillips has made his name in Pennsylvania politics. He was the political director for Hillary for America in Pennsylvania, the campaign manager for Braddock Mayor John Fetterman's 2016 U.S. Senate race and he managed Helen Gym's 2015 Philadelphia city council campaign.

Clinton lost Pennsylvania; Fetterman overachieved but came up short in a crowded Democratic primary and Gym became the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Philadelphia city council.

"I'm very excited to join Team Gillum this week," McPhillips said in a statement. "The Mayor has an unmatched progressive record, from beating the gun lobby in court to standing up against oil pipelines, and I know that in 2018 we are finally going to take back the Governor's Mansion."

The campaign manager position had been unfilled since July, with chief strategist Scott Arceneaux and communications director Geoff Burgan handling  day-to-day campaign operations since then.

The hire comes at a time when Gillum is struggling to raise money. McPhillips suggested in a statement that he was willing to take audacious steps to right the ship.

"We won't get there by running Republican Lite — we have to be bold to convince this state that it is time to put a Democrat in charge again," McPhillips said.

Read the campaign's press release here.