National AP Political Writer shares her thoughts on Democratic candidates07/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
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John Edwards is changing some of the ranks of his top staff. Paul Blank and Chris Kofinis, leaders of the labor-backed anti-Wal-Mart effort "Wake Up Wal-Mart," are expected to join the Edwards campaign as early as next week. Blank would take over day-to-day campaign operations, while Kofinis will serve as communications director. Blank was political director for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential effort and remains close to former Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi, who is now serving as a senior adviser to the Edwards effort. The Edwards campaign also says that Campaign Manager David Bonier, a former Michigan Congressman, will step up his role as public spokesman for the campaign. Heâ€™s also expected to travel extensively with Edwards. The moves come after a disappointing fundraising quarter for Edwards that ended last weekend. Edwards raised just over $9 million from April through June, much less than rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Beth Fouhy is one of the main political reporters for the Associated Press. She was in Tampa last Friday night covering John Edwards at his campaign stop at Lowry Park Zoo. Fouhy has also covered ALL of the Democratic candidates running for office this yearâ€¦.WMNF spoke with her for her impressions on the campaign, beginning with John Edwards- and the fact that even though he is only 3rd, or in even 4th behind Al Gore in some national polls, he continues to lead in a couple of the most important early primary states, Iowa and South Carolina (roll tape#1 o.q.â€he has a great chance to take offâ€) Thatâ€™s Beth Fouhy, a political reporter for the Associated Press. She shared her thoughts on the 3 top contenders for the Democratic nomination for President with WMNF last Friday night in Tampa.