In shake-up, Norton hires Penry to manage Senate campaign
Grand Junction native and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton announced today that she’s hired state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, to be her new campaign manager.
Penry won’t resign his Senate position, but he will step down from his leadership role after the 2010 session ends next month, he told GJSentinel.com. He replaces Norm Cummings, who will stay on as a senior political adviser.
Norton came under fire from fellow Republicans last week over a controversial decision to petition onto the August primary ballot rather than go through the state party’s nomination process. Her biggest contender there is Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.
Penry said Republicans will see some clear changes in the Norton camp’s strategy, but he had no plans to reverse that decision.
Norton also announced that political consultant and Colorado native Rich Beeson will join the campaign staff as well. Beeson previously worked for new Massachussetts Sen. Scott Brown during his campaign.
Beeson had worked on Penry’s brief campaign for the GOP nomination for Colorado governor against former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis. Penry unexpectedly dropped out of that race late last year.