The Senate Democrats 2010 Campaign Team

ALBANY—As they gear up for what will surely be a very competitive election cycle in 2010, the New York State Democratic State Senate Committee is filling out its staff.

As Liz Benjamin reported in the latter half of her column this morning, the NYS DSCC will retain Red Horse Strategies, the firm started by Doug Forand, and has made several internal hires:

–Donald Carey, a member of Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's transition team and the son of former governor Hugh Carey, will chair the committee. James Eagan, of West Seneca, will serve as vice chair.

— Rob Calentine, who during the last election cycle served as DSCC's finance director and has run his own fund-raising firm, will serve as executive director. Heather Jung will serve as deputy director.

— David Mansur, who has also worked for State Senator Jeff Klein and Representative Anthony Weiner, will serve as finance director.

— Shams Tarek will continue as communications director.

Republicans haven't yet ramped up their campaign web site, but have they have adapted to their minority status. The 30 members have stayed a tight bloc, and seem to be preparing themselves to attack Democrats for nearly everything–notably the recent state budget–they do. The Senate Democrats 2010 Campaign Team