Alan Fleischmann, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's chief of staff and closest counselor, said yesterday that he will take a leave of absence to serve as chairman and chief executive of her campaign for governor.
Fleischmann, 37, will head a corps of loyalists who will manage Townsend's campaign. She is scheduled to formally announce her candidacy at a State House rally Sunday.
Fleischmann's appointment is no surprise. He has been Townsend's top aide since she took office in 1995 and is seldom far from her side at important political events.
Barry Rubin, 30, another longtime Townsend adviser, will take leave to become campaign manager and chief operating officer. He was deputy manager of the Townsend lieutenant governor campaign in 1998.
Marvin Masterson, 39, deputy secretary of state, will serve as liaison to constituent groups. Stacie Rivera, 35, a longtime Townsend aide, will handle personnel and administration.
Bill Mann, 28, the lieutenant governor's spokesman, also will take a leave to join the campaign as a top aide to Fleischmann. Angelique Cannon-Harris, 31, who has been quietly raising funds for Friends of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, will continue as finance director.
Townsend will supplement her Maryland-based talent with the services of her friend Bob Shrum as media adviser. Shrum, one of the nation's best-known political operatives, played the same role for the 1998 Glendening-Townsend campaign.