Iowa Governor fires Abby Curran

Iowa Governor Chet Culver did what Linda Stender should have done: he’s fired campaign manager Abby Curran.  A press release issued by the governor’s campaign said that Curran is moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue new “pursue new opportunities and be closer to her family.”  Curran’s exit is good news for Iowa Democrats in a state where Culver trailed his Republican opponent by nearly twenty points.  Curran ran Stender’s 2008 congressional campaign, possibly one of the worst races of the decade.  After coming within 1% of ousting Mike Ferguson in 2006, Stender was viewed as a likely winner for Democrats. But her campaign was an unmitigated disaster. Her local supporters never got along with the Emily’s List imports who seemingly hijacked the entire operation. There was no coherent message. Stender offended a core Democratic constituency with an offensive TV ad – one of many examples of how the four-term Assemblywoman lost control of her own campaign.  Republican Leonard Lance won easily.

Iowa Governor fires Abby Curran