|Rick Perry is looking at this blog entry in amazement of its prescience|
Here are the two relevant stories for consideration:
Here's what seems clear from those stories:
1- Perry had relied on younger, untested staffers in Texas
2- The candidate's wife was overinvolved and made the decision to supplant the younger staff
3- Outside consultants were brought in from DC
4- These consultants never had clear authority and never fit well into the hierarchy
5- The staff resented the replacement of ineffective, but well-liked, prior leadership
6- The younger prior leaders were making moronic moves, like spending money in New Hampshire instead of focusing on Iowa and South Carolina
7- The younger staff were unable to separate out their personal political positions from the best interests of the candidate
8- The younger staff lacked the political capital to demand Perry do serious debate prep
9- No one seemed to have control over the campaign
10- No one had control over the office
11- The leadership did not understand social media and new technology
12- The younger staff has, now, immaturely lashed out at campaign decisions
13- The younger staff has also apparently fraudulently placed $3,000 of expenses on a former consultant and take it as a point of pride.
14- The new leader, Allbaugh, made a choice to stick with the DC consultants (who were probably friends and business acquaintances), rather than side with a young team around Perry.
If you act like the young team, you will never get hired again. The Rick Perry staff have been leaking and causing a real mess for Governor Perry, putting into question his ability to manage a team. This is not an appropriate way to resolve these issues, it's the messy way in which battling teams jockey to place blame.
There were two camps at war in the Perry camp: the young team who had been with him as governor, and the DC consultants. Every campaign has these exact same pressures, and it's very easy to let the divisions tear the team apart. Instead of managing a campaign to an at-least respectable performance in the primaries, the Perry team mismanaged their campaign into the dirt, making Perry seem less electable than Jon Huntsman. Instead of being a big plus on their resumes, this has now become a major liability. Instead of leaving quietly and respectfully, both sides have brought this into the media and made it a mess that will linger on Google searches for a decade.
Campaign dynamics are easy to criticize and extremely difficult to work effectively within. I wouldn't fault either side as a backseat driver, but the way they're handling their problems now offers important lessons to people starting out.
1) Don't speak to the media about internal campaign gossip, even after the campaign is over; 2) Do good work and respect the work of others; 3) Never trust consultants and be alarmed if they are brought in to replace the team; 4) Don't let office politics spiral out of control; 5) Never act in such a self-interested, selfish way as some of these staffers. A 3k bar tab shows that the staffers are untrustworthy, vindictive and immature. Being proud of that shows that you're not ready to be trusted with responsibility again.
Learn these skills and more, by buying the book "Getting a Job in Politics, and Keeping it" by Ben Wetmore, right away.