I have to admit….Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is certainly putting together an all-star team of campaign operatives.
Mary Burke has never run for statewide office, but her deep pockets have allowed her to bring in a veteran team of handlers who have worked on some of the biggest political races in the country.
In putting together the team so quickly, Burke is signaling her ability to run a lengthy campaign to oust Gov. Scott Walker in 2014.
She’s also making it more difficult for another Democrat to jump into the race, although state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma has considered waging a grassroots primary battle.
Jim Margolis, who handled advertising for President Barack Obama’s two national campaigns, has signed on as Burke’s media strategist.
Diane Feldman, who polled for Tammy Baldwin’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2012 and Gwen Moore’s 2004 race for Congress, will be Burke’s pollster.
Pete Giangreco, who was the lead of direct mail for Obama’s first Democratic presidential primary campaign as well as Baldwin’s 2012 campaign, will run Burke’s direct mail operation.