Ilissa Gold reported last night of a personnel massacre at the the state Democratic Party. While it true that Communications Director Wade Munday's "last day" is December 1 and that the field director and most of the field staff will no longer be in the employ of the party, the situation is not quite that simple.
The news came down in the last week that all "State Partnership" position funding is coming to an end. These positions are currently funded by the DNC (not the TNDP) as part of Howard Dean's 50 state strategy. Dean is stepping down as Chair of the Democratic National Committee so whether this funding continues to flow to the state party will ultimately be determined by the new chair of the National party. It could be temporary, it could be permanent.
Either way, in January, a new chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party will also be chosen. Presumably, at that point, the new TNDP chairman will have some idea of where his funding will be coming from and whether his payroll will be benefiting from a continuation of of the Dean policy or not.
At that point he will hire up and replenish the staff. The TNDP will not go without a communications director for more than a month and the "newly hired" communications director could just as easily be Wade Munday himself as it could be whomever the new Chair decides.
Yes, Chairman Sasser and Executive Director Hayden will have their jobs past the date that Munday's DNC funding faucet shuts down but it isn't for long. As stated previously, a new chair will be elected in January and will choose staff to serve at his pleasure.
So while people are losing their jobs at the TNDP most of the positions are directly related to the Tennessee Victory '08 effort which has obviously come to a close. The others, such as Munday, have been subsidized by the DNC for the past two years with money that is no longer forthcoming from the national party for the time being.
This shedding of staff is essentially just the natural order of the campaign cycle and a symptom of the unique funding mechanisms the party has used to staff its positions -- and not much more.
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