July 23, 2013

Former Aide to Sens. Kyl & Flake Andrew Wilder Hired by Gov. Brewer

Andrew WilderFirst reported by The Arizona Republic, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) appointed Andrew Wilder as her new Communications Director and official spokesman.  He replaces Matthew Benson, who left to join the lobbying and public affairs firm Veridus.

Wilder was most recently spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.  Previously he was Communications Director for the successful U.S. Senate campaign of then-U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and before that, for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).

Wilder is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a native of Phoenix.  (Arizona Republic)

April 17, 2013

RGA’s Schrimpf to run comms for IL-GOV candidate Rauner

Mike SchrimpfFirst reported in Politico, Republican Governors Association Communications Director Mike Schrimpf is leaving to work for expected gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R-IL).

To date, Rauner has created an exploratory committee, raising $1.3 million, including a $250,000 contribution from himself.

Schrimpf has served at RGA since 2008.  He previously served as Communications Director for the Center for Competitive Politics.  He got his start working in Hamilton County government in Cincinnati, OH.

Schrimpf is a 2005 graduate of Tufts University.  (Politico)

April 09, 2013

Christie Shuffles Staff: Roberts and Morss to Campaign; Hires Reed

Gov. Chris Christie (TIME Mag cover)First reported by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has moved two press aides from his office to his re-election campaign and hired another to replace them.

Deputy Press Secretary Kevin Roberts is moving over to the re-election campaign, beginning April 15.  Roberts has been in the Governor’s office for three years and previously worked on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and for the California GOP.  He first came to New Jersey to serve as Communications Director for the New Jersey GOP in 2009.

Foster Morss has also moved over to be the campaign’s Research Director.  New Jersey native Morss worked on the 2008 presidential campaign of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-New York City) and as Deputy Press Secretary at the RNC.

Replacing Roberts is Colin Reed, a former Communications Director for former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).  Reed previously worked for then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and for VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  He also worked for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2010.  (New Jersey Star-Ledger)

April 07, 2013

Allen moving from Capitol Hill to Newark

James AllenPer Politico’s “Huddle,” James Allen, who has served as Communications Director and Campaign Manager for Rep. John Carney (D-DE) for the past 2 ½ years, is heading to Newark City Hall.

Allen is the new Communications Director for Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark, NJ), a likely U.S. Senate candidate.

He previously worked at the PR firm Weber Shandwick, as a Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign and he started out as an intern for U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

Allen is a 2007 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.  (Politico’s "Huddle”)

March 22, 2013

Booker Hires Griffis to run comms on expected U.S. Senate campaign

Cory BookerFirst reported by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ mayor and likely U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker (D-Newark) has hired Kevin Griffis to run communications for his expected U.S. Senate campaign in 2014.

Griffis is currently a principal at The Podesta Group.  He was most recently Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served for three years.  Griffis also served as Communications Director for the 2008 Obama campaign in several early primary states.

Earlier in his career Griffis served as Communications Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia and the state’s Coordinated Campaign during Tim Kaine’s successful bid for Governor in 2005.  He then joined Obama for America as an early state communication director, serving in South Carolina.  After running communications in Virginia in the general election, he went on to serve as a spokesperson for President-elect Obama’s inaugural committee.

Griffis began his career as a journalist in Maryland and Atlanta.

He is a graduate of Beloit College. (New Jersey Star-Ledger)

February 07, 2013

Jindal Snags NRSC Vet Reed

Michael ReedMichael Reed, the former Research Director for the NRSC, is moving to Baton Rouge, LA to be Deputy Communications Director for Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).  Reed is also a veteran of the 2008 Romney presidential campaign.

He is a native of Andover, MA and a graduate of Hobart College.  (PF tipster)

January 14, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Resources Committee Flack Feldman heads to work for Gov. McCrory

Crystal Feldman, the press secretary for the House Resources Committee under chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), has been named press secretary for newly inaugurated Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC).  Her first day is Jan. 21.  Crystal Feldman

Feldman has served at the committee since Feb. 2011.  She previously was a spokesperson for the California Republican Party in 2010, Communications Director for Sue Lowden for U.S. Senate in Nevada, an account manager for the DCI Group, an associate at Sulgrave Partners and she got her start as a research analyst at the RNC in 2008.

Feldman is a graduate of Georgetown University.  (PF reporting)

December 06, 2012

Longtime O’Malley Flack Abbruzzese Departs for RLLS

Rick AbbruzzeseThe Baltimore Sun reported that Rick Abbruzzese, Communications Director for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), is departing to work for lobbying firm Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan and Silver, LLC (RLLS).  There he will join Josh White, who managed O’Malley’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

Gov. O’Malley called Abbruzzese, “a trusted political advisor and friend to me personally, and a strong, effective advocate for the people of Maryland.”

Abbruzzese started working for O’Malley in 2003 and since then he has served as Deputy Press Secretary, Press Secretary, Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director.  (Baltimore Sun)

September 24, 2012

Former Gov. Perdue Flack Takes New Job

FtD_webJon Romano has been named the vice president of communications for the Campaign to Fix the Debt. Most recently, Romano served as the director of communications for North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC), where he provided daily communications guidance and strategic direction. He also served as the campaign manager on a mayor's race in Boston and was the chief of staff to a Boston City Councilor.

According to the press release, The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. The Campaign will mobilize key communities who want to see elected officials step up to solve our nation's fiscal challenges. (PF Tipster)

September 04, 2012

Former Gov. Jindal Spokeswoman Sellers to Tallahassee for Gov. Scott; Burgess to RPOF

Melissa SellersReported by the Miami Herald, starting Sept. 10, Melissa Sellers, is the new Communications Director for Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL).  Sellers most recently was Director of Regional Media for the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa.  Before that, Sellers was Communications Director for Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

Beginning Sept. 17, current Communications Director for Gov. Scott, Brian Burgess, will move over the the Republican Party of Florida to serve as Communications Director.  Burgess first began working with Gov. Scott in 2009 when he was working for CRC Public Relations, which ran the media relations for Scott’s Conservatives for Patients’ Rights.

Sellers is a native of Houston and a 2003 graduate of the University of Texas.

Burgess is a native of Moline, IL.  (Miami Herald)

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