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Puckett’s campaign manager resigns

September 4, 2008

from WSBT:

The Donnelly campaign declined to comment on Bailey’s resignation.

Bailey said he resigned because of concerns about his health and the amount of time he is focusing on his family.

“I went to the doctor last week, and after hearing a description of my lifestyle, the hours, the eating habits, and the stress of it all, the doctor told me that I was working my way right up the political ladder to an early grave,” Bailey wrote in an e-mail to The Tribune.

But the main reason had to do with family, he said. Bailey’s sister is a volleyball player at Lynn University in Florida, and she called him Saturday after playing in her first collegiate game, which the team won.

“This was one of the biggest days of her entire life, I forgot about it, she called to tell me about it, and I wasn’t able to take her call because I was on a conference call,” he wrote in his e-mail. “I felt less than an inch tall, it and it hit me like a ton of bricks. After I listened to her message, I knew I was going to resign.”

Bailey’s resignation makes him the second Puckett campaign staff member to step down suddenly. Treasurer Art Willis resigned Aug. 18 after errors in bookkeeping resulted in multiple overdraft charges to the campaign from Lake City Bank.

Bailey left of his own will and on great terms, Puckett said.

“I feel like I’m losing my right arm right now and losing my brother that I traveled all over the district with,” Puckett said. “This is a tough one.”

Until further notice, campaign Chairman Juan Manigault will also step into the manager’s role, Puckett said.


Manigualt to head Puckett’s campaign

May 31, 2008


Juan Manigault, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke in 2007, will step to the helm of Luke Puckett’s campaign for Congress.

Puckett, a Republican, is challenging first-term U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger.

Manigault will take a paid position with Puckett’s campaign as its chairman, serving in a mostly fund-raising capacity and as an adviser, he said Wednesday.

In 2007, Luecke defeated Manigault by a nearly two-to-one margin, picking up 62 percent of the vote.

Manigault said he has no regrets from that campaign and that its lessons will serve him well with Puckett, who’s running in a district Republicans consider very competitive.

“Let’s be real — it’s a tough year,” Manigault said. “But as we look at individual districts, this is a winnable district for Luke Puckett.”

Donnelly’s campaign declined to comment on Manigault’s new position.

But Owen “Butch” Morgan, chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, said Manigault wasn’t well received in South Bend during his mayoral campaign, and that Donnelly has a lot of momentum having traveled the 2nd District extensively since taking office in 2007.

“If he does as well as he did in the mayoral (campaign), I’m feeling good,” Morgan said. “Luke Puckett or anybody else is not going to outwork Joe Donnelly. It’s not going to happen.”