Stephanie Schriock, who managed Democratic Sen. Al Franken's long-running 2008 campaign, will become the new president of EMILY's List, the organization announced today.
Schriock came on to Franken's campaign just after he was endorsed by the DFL last year and saw it through until his final victory in June 2009, although she spent most of her time at her old job as Sen. Jon Tester's cheif of staff as the race dragged into June 2009. It was Schriock who, way back in the fall of 2008, began quietly making plans for an achingly close election and setting in place the tools the campaign would need during the recount.
She took what was supposed to be a five month leave from Tester's office to run the Franken campaign. That leave stretched into nearly a year as the close Minnesota race waged on.
EMILY's List helps raise money for female Democratic candidates. It recently endorsed state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher's gubernatorial bid and state Sen. Tarryl Clark's run against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
She is the second veteran of the Coleman-Franken race to get a new job this week. According to Politics in Minnesota, Cullen Sheehan, who managed Republican Norm Coleman's campaign, will become the cheif-of-staff for the Minnesota Senate Republican caucus. A month before the Senate campaign ended, Sheehan became a regional director for the Republican National Committee last year.