After a series of missteps in her run for mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel has hired a senior aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as her new campaign manager for the final weeks before the May runoff.
Janelle Erickson, who is on leave of absence as Villaraigosa’s deputy chief of staff, will take over day-to-day management of the campaign.
Rose Kapolczynski, who had been playing that role, will stay with the campaign as a senior strategist.
The replacement of a campaign manager two months before an election is highly unusual. It is an implicit acknowledgment by Greuel that her campaign has not run as smoothly as she believes it should.
Greuel has also hired another former aide, Jim Dantona, as her policy director. Until now, the campaign did not have one. Candidates often rely on policy directors to shape their most significant proposals.