DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar has hired Justin Buoen to run her 2012 reelection campaign. Klobuchar promoted Buoen last week. He most recently served as Klobuchar’s deputy campaign manager. He started working for Klobuchar’s campaign in 2005.
“Justin started with me 6 years ago organizing parades and since then he has become a critical member of my team,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “Justin knows our state well and he is uniquely qualified to lead our campaign at this time.”
Klobuchar is running for her second term in office. Several Republicans have lined up to run against her. They include former state Rep. Dan Severson, St. Bonifacius city council member Joe Arwood and St. Paul resident Anthony Hernandez. Neither of those candidates currently have the statewide name identification or campaign war chest to mount an effective campaign but all three argue that Klobuchar can be beaten.
Buoen says he and Klobuchar are taking nothing for granted in 2012.
“We have to be ready,” Buoen said. “Sen. Klobuchar is committed to working hard.”