Behind the campaign scenes with GOP aide Shane Noem and Democrat Bryan Thomas

11/16/2010 07:22 PM

Not all of the consultants who were managing campaigns this fall were grizzled veterans.

Two young political operatives helped their respective candidates to solid wins on Nov. 2. Democrat Bryan Thomas, 33, ran the re-election campaign of state Sen. Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville.

Rhoads turned back a tough challenge from Jack Whitfield in the 6th state Senate district covering Hopkins, Ohio and Muhlenberg counties. In fact, Rhoads lost his home county of Hopkins to Whitfield, but ran up the score in Muhlenberg County to seal the win.

And Shane Noem, just six months after graduated from Western Kentucky University, served as campaign manager for Republican state Senate candidate Mike Wilson. Wilson soundly defeated freshman Democratic Sen. Mike Reynolds of Bowling Green.

Introducing Shane Noem and Bryan Thomas as part of Pure Politics‘ occasional series of interviews with the upcoming generation of political operatives and public officials:

Noem also explained how his campaign got a hold of and used a recording of Democratic state Sen. Mike Reynolds talking to Western Kentucky University students in which he called his constituents “rednecks.”

And the two discuss what’s next for them in politics with the 2011 statewide races looming:

- Ryan Alessi


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