(CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is bringing on a veteran political hand to help steer his campaign against Republican Nikki Haley, multiple Democrats in the state told CNN Friday.
Sheheen has hired Tim Shock, who managed the successful 1998 campaign of Jim Hodges, the last Democrat to hold the South Carolina governor's mansion. Hodges was unseated in 2002 by Mark Sanford.
State and national Democrats are increasingly confident about Sheheen's chances. The state Senator has courted the business community while also working to exploit a rift between Haley and establishment Republicans anxious about her fiscally conservative agenda.
A national Democratic official told CNN that Shock will bring an air of seriousness to the campaign.
"He's an old horse but really knows his way around campaigns," the official said. "He isn't too flashy but will ensure Sheheen has a professional and structurally solid campaign."
Democrats familiar with the race insisted that the hiring was not a campaign shake-up, but simply an effort to staff up ahead of a competitive race.
"Due to the tremendous amount of support that Sen. Sheheen received after his resounding primary victory, the truth is, we have doubled our staff from the primary," campaign manager Trav Robertson told CNN when asked about the addition.
"We are doing the best we can to address the issues that concern South Carolinians in as timely a manner as possible," he said. "The growth of our campaign simply reflects the success of Sen. Sheheen's message."
Haley's campaign, meanwhile, mocked the hire.
"It's no surprise to see a career politician from a family of career politicians hire a career political insider to run his campaign," said Haley communications director Rob Godfrey.
It's not gonna help. Nikki Haley will easily win election!
Governor of SC? Who would want such a crappy job in such a regressive, backwards looking state anyway?
If the business community is that gullible to get behind the campaign of Vincent Sheheen than they diserve everthing they get.This is just another democrat that supports the socialist agenda of Obama and the sooner people see it the better it wiil be.!!!!
Good Old Cess Pool South Carolina, There's Nothing More I'd Rather Depress My Day With!
As if I care how this guy feels after he perverted the U.S. Judicial System for his boss' politcal purposes.
"Sheheen has hired Tim Shock, who managed the successful 1998 campaign of Jim Hodges, the last Democrat to hold the South Carolina governor's mansion. Hodges was unseated in 2002 by Mark Sanford."
What happened in 2002 to cause Hodges to lose to that pathetic loser Mark Sanford? Oh, I forgot, we're talking about South Carolina, the Pathetic Loser State.
Good luck! South Carolina has become the laughing stock of America.
SC is a state populated with troglodytes. They do not tolerate, Blacks, women, or foreigners leading the state. Winner, Sheheen.
Wow........ poor South Carolina, they need to wake up and start paying attention!
They have an adulterer as governor, and Haley has all kinds of skeletons in her closet.
If sarah palin endorsed Haley... We know then that this woman is out of touch with the outside world. She is a lying, bigoted, rip-publican piece of pig dung. When did all these woman who say they are religious began to be lie about everything. If So. Carolina votes for this ignorant she dog... They will deserve what will follow. Crap happens in So. Carolina.
Anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is good for So.Carolina... Vote for lying Haley. They are two side of the same coin.... A crappy penny.
Republicans have lost their way and will soon realize that appealing to the right wing conservatives that make up only 25%-30% of the party will mean defeat in November.
Maybe he can bring SC out of the dark ages.
Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.
Sheheen all the way, dump the hypocrite haley,,,,,she is no good,but then again, it is south carolina