Justin Brasell to work for Addia Wuchner's campaign; offers take on Thune's decision

02/26/2011 11:19 AM

Justin Brasell, the former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, will serve as a general consultant for Republican state Rep. Addia Wuchner’s primary campaign for state Auditor.

Brasell opened his own political consulting firm in Mississippi in November after running South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune’s 2010 re-election campaign. Thune ended up running unopposed last year.

Brasell, on Pure Politics Friday, also said he wasn’t too surprised about Thune’s announcement earlier in the week not to seek the Republican nomination for president.

Thune could run for a higher leadership position among the Senate Republicans considering the decision by the No. 2 Republican, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, not to seek another term next year.

“The fight is right now in Washington to decide what the country is going to look like 10 or 20 years down the road,” he said. “And I think he wants to be in that fight.”

Brasell talked about Wuchner’s campaign as well as whether a Republican could win now using the same strategy Brasell and McConnell employed in 2008. At the time McConnell played up federal money and earmarks for projects he brought back to Kentucky.

In addition to working for Wuchner’s Republican primary campaign against Lexington developer John Kemper, he is working for Mississippi state Treasurer Tate Reeves, a Republican running for that state’s lieutenant governor.

- Ryan Alessi

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