Cheryle Jackson Fires Campaign Manager

Jackson polls second behind Giannoulias

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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Cheryle Jackson Fires Campaign Manager

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Cheryle Jackson (D) is running for U.S. Senate: A former spokeswoman for ex Gov. Rod Blagojevich, she was the first female president of the Chicago Urban League. | Read Full Profile

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The Democratic senate race has not gotten as dramatic – or bizarre – as the Republican side, but there is drama nonetheless.

Cheryle Jackson, erstwhile president of the Chicago Urban League, fired her campaign manager Rodney Shelton and promoted deputy campaign manager Lisa Hargrove. The move came on Christmas Eve, ostensibly to inject new life into a flagging campaign – Jackson polls second behind Alexi Giannoulias and hasn’t sparked as much excitement as former Inspector General David Hoffman.

Jackson’s campaign downplayed the switch, the Sun-Times reports.

"It's just an internal move," campaign spokesman Bob Kettlewell told the Sun-Times.

The internal politics of the Jackson campaign, however, pale in comparison to the fireworks on the Republican ticket. Candidate Andy Martin Monday accused front-runner Mark Kirk of being a homosexual. Martin was subsequently booted from the Republican party.

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