Knife Fighter Heading Up DGA Communications

Elisabeth Smith, an alleged knife fighter (according to Politico) who has worked gubernatorial races in Kentucky, has been hired as the new Communications Director at the Democratic Governors Association in Washington, D.C.:

FIRST IN SCORE – KNIFE FIGHTER: The Democratic Governors Association has chosen Lis Smith, a veteran of former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s 2010 campaign, to serve as its new communications director. Smith’s appointment puts an aggressive and battle-tested operative in place to serve as the DGA’s chief spokesperson as it prepares to compete in four off-cycle elections – and as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley leans into his role as chairman of a national campaign committee. The Dartmouth grad has worked on nine campaigns and was on the front lines of both governor’s races in 2009, first working for ex-DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe’s primary campaign in Virginia and then signing on with New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine for the general election.

When reached for comment, Smith threatened to cut me.


This could be major news for Governor Steve Beshear, who is one of the few Democrats with a major race in 2011. Unfortunately for the DGA, Steve Beshear is Steve Beshear. And that isn’t such a great thing these days.

With Smith’s recent experience on the ground working for Bruce Lunsford and Greg Stumbo, she’s already got strong ties to the Commonwealth.

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