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Key People-Sen. John McCain

Key People-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
updated August 31, 2009


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Starting in April 2008 the campaign built up a structure of 11 regional campaign managers, eachwith autonomy and authority over budget and hiring , reporting to Rick Davis.  On July 2, 2008 Steve Schmidt moved into a more prominent role, running the campaign day to day.  The regional approach had its downsides; for example, one of the coalitions directors observed after the campaign that it let to a divided reporting structure; regional and state coalitions people reported to the regional campaign manager rather than national coalitions director.

Running the Campaign Day to Day
Steve Schmidt
(from July 2, 2008; started as a senior advisor in Dec. 2006)  Partner at Mercury Public Affairs and leads the firm's operations in CaliforniaCampaign manager for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, responsible for Dick Cheney's press relations and communications.  Point man for the Bush Administration on the confirmations of Judge John Roberts and then Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Deputy Communications Director/Direc

tor of Rapid Response on Bush Cheney '04.  Communications director at the NRCC in the 2002 cycle.  Spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Communications director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.  Press secretary on Matt Fong's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in California. 

Attended the University of Delaware from 1988 to 1993 as a political science major

.  From North Plainfield, NJ.

Campaign Manager Rick Davis
(through July 2, 2008, then readjusted role; started as campaign manager July 10, 2007; CEO in the first iteration of the campaign)  Managing partner of Davis Manafort.  Chaired Sen. McCain's Straight Talk America.  National campaign manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  Deputy Convention Manager for the 1996 National Republican Convention and deputy campaign manager on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 campaign.  Also worked on the George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan campaigns.  Government service includes Special Assistant for Policy to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Special Assistant for the Budget to the Secretary of the Interior, Special Assistant for Trade Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and consultant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  Graduate of the University of Alabama.  
Senior Advisor Mark Salter
(speechwriting, message and strategy)  Administrative Assistant (Chief of Staff) in McCain's Senate office.  Has helped McCain write his four books.  Started working for McCain in 1989 as a legislative assistant.  Previously worked for Jeanne Kirkpatrick when she was UN Ambassador and at AEI.  From Davenport, Iowa.  
Senior Advisor Charlie Black
(support announced early March 2007; full-time on the campaign starting April 1, 2008)  Chairman of BKSH & Associates through March 31, 2008.  Senior advisor to Presidents Reagan and Bush (41).  Principal public spokesman for President Bush in the 1992 presidential campaign.  Chief spokesman for the RNC, 1990.  Has managed the successful elections of more than ten members of the U.S. Senate and more than a dozen Members of Congress.  Political consultant to U.S. Senators Jesse Helms, Robert Dole, Phil Gramm and Dave Durenberger.  Political director at the RNC during the chairmanship of Bill Brock (late 70s-1981).  B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from The American University.  Native of North Carolina.  

Deputy Campaign Manager Christian Ferry
(started in Jan. 2007 as national eCampaign director; elevated to deputy campaign manager following the July 2007 reorganization)  Strategic consultant at Davis Manafort.   as Deputy director for political affairs at the Union Pacific Corporation, 2000-03.  Assistant campaign manager on the McCain 2000 campaign.  Special assistant for the Virginia Department of Natural Resources in the late 1990s during the Jim Gilmore administration.  Northwestern field director on the Gilmore for Governor campaign, 1997.  Worked on the Bob Dole for President campaign and the 1996 Republican National Convention.  B.A. in government and history from University of Virginia. POLITICAL
Political Director
Mike DuHaime
(from early July 2008...also serving as senior advisor for political operations at the RNC, announced March 7, 2008)  Previously executive director of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee starting end of 2006.  Political director at the RNC, started in January 2005.  Northeast regional political director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Prior to the campaign served as executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party starting in January 2002.  Has his own political consulting firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., which he formed in 2001.  Deputy campaign manager of Bob Franks' 2000 Senate campaign.  Graduate of Livingston College, Rutgers.  From Hoboken, NJ.

National Field Director

Bill Stepien

(July 2008)  Initially regional campaign manager for NY and NJ (from April 2008).  National field director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign (announced Feb. 14, 2007).  Stepien served as the National 72 Hour Director at the RNC in 2005-06.  New Hampshire state field director for President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.  In 2003, Stepien managed Bill Baroni's State Assembly campaign (New Jersey’s only successful Republican State Assembly challenger campaign).  He has also worked for Public Opinion Strategies, the Republican polling firm, and on Bob Franks’ 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Eleven Regional Campaign Managers

  ...regional headquarters

Jim Barnett (New England - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT)
State director on McCain's NH primary campaign (succeeded Jim Martin, the campaign's first NH campaign manager, after Martin was dismissed in May 2007).  Barnett earlier served as the campaign's New England Regional Director.  Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for governor of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff.  Deputy Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office, 2001-02.  Public relations manager at, 2000.  Senior research analyst at RNC, 1999-early 2000.  Research associate at the National Journal Group.  Junior research analyst at the RNC, 1998.  Bachelor's degree in political science (CLEG) from American University, 1998.
            ... 250 Commercial St., Suite 3007, Manchester, NH 03101     

Dominick Fiorilli (NY and NJ)
(started first week of June 2008 as deputy regional campaign manager under Bill Stepien)  Came to the campaign from position as chief of staff to State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (NJ-40th District).  Paralegal at Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C., 2003-05.  Graduate of Lehigh University.
          ... 40 New Brunswick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Woodbridge, NJ 08861  

Jon Seaton (OH and PA)
Briefly Northwest regional political director at the RNC.  State director on McCain's Iowa caucus campaign; prior to the July 2, 2007 restructuring served as the McCain campaign's national field director.  Associate director (West/Northern Plains) in the White House Office of Political Affairs.  Executive director of Bush-Cheney '04 in Washington State.  Field representative at the National Association of Realtors®.  Worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee and in the first part of 2002 he managed John Redwine's primary campaign in Iowa's 5th CD.  He worked on the field teams of the National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.  Graduate of the University of Colorado.
          ... 240 N. 5th Street, Suite 340, Columbus, OH, 43215     

Trey Walker(Mid-Atlantic - DE, KY, MD, VA and WV)
(announced May 20, 2008, succeeding Doug Davenport)  Senior advisor on McCain's South Carolina primary campaign.  Chief executive assistant to South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, directing communications and governmental affairs, for four years.  Lead consultant on McMaster’s 2002 campaign.  Consultant at Richard Quinn & Associates.  National field director for Sen. McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign.  Executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party for almost seven years, 1993-99.
             ...1235 S. Clark St. First Floor, Arlington, VA 22202      Gail Gitcho

Buzz Jacobs (Southeast - AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC and TN)
Initially the campaign's Southern regional political director, then, following the July 2007 shakeup, state director for McCain's South Carolina primary campaign and worked on the Florida primary campaign. Director of immigration security policy on the White House Homeland Security Council, 2004-07.  Office of strategic planning at the FBI, 2002-04.  M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2002.  B.S. in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama, 1998.
          ... 420 E. Jefferson Street 3rd Floor Tallahassee, FL  32301     

Craig Goldman (South Central - AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK and TX)
Candidate for Texas State Representative (Fort Worth HD-97) in the Nov. 6, 2007 special election.  Executive director of McCain's Straight Talk America, started Aug. 2005, then executive director on McCain's campaign in California through March or April 2007.  Goldman has been in and out of politics.  His private sector experience includes vice president of Ronnie's LLC of Ft. Worth, TX, his family’s retail business specializing in fine wines and epicurean foods, for seven years; and head of government relations at InsCap, LLC, an insurance and capital markets start-up company with offices in Nashville and New York.  In politics he managed former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey's campaign for the 2004 Republican U.S. Senate nomination in California.  Volunteered as needed on McCain's 2000 campaign.  Campaign manager on Rob Mosbacher for mayor of Houston, TX, 1997.  Worked for Sen. Phil Gramm for five years, starting in 1991 as assistant to Gramm at the NRSC and working on special projects (Iowa Straw Poll, the Florida GOP Presidency 3 and the Iowa Caucuses) on his 1996 presidential campaign.  B.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin, 1991.
          ...6334 S. Racine Circle, Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80111      Tom Kise

Gentry Collins (Midwest - IL, IA, MO)
State director on Mitt Romney's Iowa caucus campaign.  Political director at the Republican Governors Association in the 2006 cycle; also did consulting for the Commonwealth PAC and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee.  Deputy chairman/executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in 2004.  Managed Doug Gross' 2002 campaign for governor.  Ran for State House, 1998.  B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, 1998.
            ...2775 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322      

Jennifer Hallowell (Great Lakes - MI, WI, IN)
Executive director of Rudy Giuliani's NH primary campaign (announced May 9, 2007).  Executive director of the Indiana Republican Party in 2006.  Directed Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's 2006 re-election campaign, which was the only Republican countywide victory in Indianapolis that year.  Vice president of new market development for Angie’s List, 2005.  Director of political strategy for Mitch Daniels’ successful 2004 gubernatorial campaign.  Political director of the Indiana Republican Party.  From 1995-2000, Hallowell worked for Indiana Congressman David McIntosh in various fundraising and political capacities including deputy campaign manager for his unsuccessful 2000 gubernatorial bid and campaign manager for his successful 1998 congressional campaign.
            ...31440 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 100 Farmington Hills, MI 48334      

Ben Golnik (North Mountain - MN, ND, SD, MT, WY, ID)
Golnik served as the campaign's Midwest regional political director before the July 2007 restructuring.  Executive director of the Minnesota Republican Party starting in Jan. 2006 after serving as the party's political director starting in April 2005.  Campaign manager for congressional candidate Brian Hamel in Maine's 2nd CD.  Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, started March 2003.  Legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo.  Studied in Russia through a State Department fellowship.  2000 graduate of Middlebury College.
          ... 678 Transfer Road St. Paul, MN 55114     

Bettina Nava (Southwest - AZ, NM, UT)
Comes to the campaign from Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman.  Previously served as state director for Sen. John McCain for nearly three years, directing three state offices.  Worked on coalition building and outreach on McCain's 2000 presidential campaign. to enhance his coalition building efforts and outreach activities.  Worked for Gov. Fife Symington as his Director of Community Relations and Boards and Commissions.  Graduate of the University of Arizona.
          ...5353 North 16th Street, Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016      

John Peschong (West - CA, NV, OR, WA, AK and HI)
 Partner at Meridian Pacific, Inc (MPI).  Northwestern regional political director at the RNC, 1998-2005.  Executive director of Dan Quayle's PAC, Campaign America, 1997-98.  Executive director of the California Republican Party, 1994-97.  Other experience includes press secretary to a U.S. Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House Office of Communications during the Reagan Administration, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America's Future (a PAC).  B.A. in communications arts from Loyola Marymount University, 1984.
          ...8935 South Pecos Road Suite 22A Henderson, NV 89074      

Deputy Political Director John Yob
(initially the campaign's Michigan State Director)  Partner in Strategic National Consulting, LLC; previously president of Independent Campaign Marketing Inc..  Graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); former chairman of the Michigan College Republicans.  Youngest son of Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob.  
Deputy Political Director

Ryan Price

(on the campaign since its inception in December 2006)  Price handled ballot access as national delegate and state convention director for the campaign, served as political director and director of floor operations for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and in the general election was the director of the national surrogates and coalitions divisions.  Political director on Tom Gallagher's 2006 gubernatorial primary campaign in Florida.  Worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.  Southeast field director for Jeb Bush's 1998 gubernatorial campaign.  Graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.  Served in the Army’s 1st Ranger Battalion.  B.A. in communication from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  Florida native.

Josh Geleris

Started as national deputy delegate director at the Republican National Convention.  From Claremont, CA.


major coalition directors were on staff; many of the coalition coordinators were unpaid volunteers...

Director of Veterans Outreach

Lang Sias

Before the campaign, Sias flew cargo planes for FedEx Corp.  He worked as an attorney in Cooley Godward's Colorado office, specializing in corporate and securities law including venture capital financing; he joined the firm in Oct. 2000.  FA-18 fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, accumulating nearly five hundred aircraft carrier landings and serving as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun).  J.D. from the University of Michigan, master's degree from the London School of Economics and bachelor's degree from Vassar College.
Deputy Director of Veterans Outreach

Joe Gecan

Special projects manager at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs.  Graduate of Yale, 2003.

Orson Swindle, chair

Worked in coalitions at the RNC.  Duke University.

Deputy: Lindsay Bomar

Judy Black, co-chair

Chair of Hispanic Outreach

Juan Hernandez

Headed President Vicente Fox’s Office for Mexicans Abroad.  Worked on Vicente Fox's presidential campaign.  Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Christian University.  Undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Born in Fort Worth, Texas.  Author of

The New American Pioneers


Director of Hispanic Outreach

Rafael B



(late July 2008)  Founder of Opinion Makers International, LLC, an Arlington, VA-based consulting firm; also an adjunct professor at the

Graduate School of Political Management.

  Involved in Republican politics for about 20 years.  Director of Hispanic Coalitions for the RNC, 2005-06. 

Master's degree in political management from the GSPM.  Béjar is

a Cuban-American from Miami. 


Carla Aviles

Hispanic Political Strategists




- principal at Corporate Political Strategies, LLC in San Antonio since Dec. 2007.

Leonard Rodriguez-

principal at Corporate Political Strategies, LLC in San Antonio.

César Martínez

- president of MAS Consulting Group in San Antonio.

Director of Conservative Outreach

Bob Heckman

Principal at Capital City Partners.  Veteran political consultant with 25 years of experience in national campaigns includin g six presidential campaigns.  Senior consultant to Gary Bauer's presidential campaign.  Liaison to conservative organizations on Phil Gramm's presidential campaign.  Chairman of the Fund for a Conservative Majority.  Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992.  Directed the "Citizens for Reagan" independent-expenditure campaigns in 1980 and 1984.

Assistant: Jessica Irwin

(started in June, worked the convention deployed to Harrisburg, PA for the final three weeks)
National Coordinator for Evangelical and Social Conservative Outreach

Marlys Popma

Deputy state director of McCain's Iowa caucus campaign.  President of IHS (In His Service) Consulting.  A two-time executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, as well as its political director and Victory director.  Has served as president of Iowa Right to Life and as executive director of the Iowa Family Policy Center.  National deputy political director for Gary Bauer for President in 1999-2000.  Deputy Iowa campaign manager for Phil Gramm’s 1996 presidential campaign.  Popma has also worked for the campaigns of Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot, and the gubernatorial campaigns of Terry Branstad and Jim Nussle.
Deputy Director of Social Conservative Outreach

Jay Heine

President of Six Sense Strategies and Consulting. Iowa political director [de facto state director] on Brownback for President, Jan.-Oct. 2007. Senior advisor at Vander Plaats for Governor, 2001-06.  Sales manager at United Rentals, 1996-2001. Graduate of Briar Cliff University, 1996.  Native of Hartington, NE.

(started Feb. 2008) Correspondence director for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Dec. 2005-Feb. 2008; took leave for six months in 2007 to work on the Brownback for President campaign in Iowa.  B.A. in government and economics from Saint Lawrence University, 2005.

Chair of Jewish Advisory Committee

Mark Broxmeyer

Also a member of McCain's National Finance Committee.  Co-founder of Fairfield Properties (Long Island) which he founded in 1973.  Graduate of Hofstra University, 1972.
Coordinator of Jewish Outreach

Jennifer Sutton

Political Director

Ari Storch

Co-founder of Artemis Strategies.  Previously at Rhoads/Weber Shandwick Government Relations and at Cassidy & Associates.  Political and congressional affairs director for the Republican Jewish Coalition  Congressional affairs aide at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. for both the Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu governments; public relations officer at the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, FL.

American Indians Sam Winder
[coalition announced Sept. 3, 2008 at the Republican National Convention]  Of counsel at Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. in Albuquerque.  Assistant United States Attorney/Tribal Liaison for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico.  J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, 1988; B.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University, 1984. Member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Americans with Disabilities Donna M. Jones

Majida Mourad

Vice president and partner of the Abraham Group, LLC. Senior advisor to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham from Jan. 2001-Feb. 2005.  Started working for then-Sen. Abraham as special assistant in 1999.  Associate's degree from the University of Indiana at Kokomo, 2004

Asian American Pacific Islanders

Peter Su

(Aug. 1, 2008)  Worked at Fernandez & Associates LLP in Menlo Park.  Graduate of Purdue University.  Originally from Taiwan, where his father was an elected official.
Bikers Vincent O'Neill and Clint Van Wuffen


National Bikers for McCain Day Oct. 4, 2008.
President of Public Policy Research, Inc., a Washington, DC political consulting, legislative consulting and business development firm.  Adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law, American University (1993-present). 
  Legislative counsel to Congressman Raymond J. McGrath (NY-5), 19 90-93.   J.D. from University of Tennessee; M.B.A.and B.A. from Hofstra University.

Alternative Energy

Jay W. Kenny

Kenny started helping out on the campaign in July 2007 working on ballot access for Virginia and Pennsylvania.  In the private sector he has worked on partnerships for alternative energy development projects, as a senior manager in Angola for CITGO and a consultant to the Ministry of Petroleum, Sultanate of Oman.  He has also worked on campaigns in Maine, Connecticut and Florida.

Environmental Stewardship

David Jenkins
Government affairs director at REP (Republicans for Environmental Protection) since Jan. 2005.  Director of conservation and public policy for the American Canoe Association (ACA), starting in 1993.  Served on the legislative staff of Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM).  Bachelor's degree in political science from Furman University.

Farmers and Ranchers

Stephen E. Pearson, Ford O'Connell

Farm & Ranch Team National Steering Committee

First Responders

Kevin Daucher

Generation '08 (youth and students)

Adam Meldrum

from Michigan.

Health Care Professionals

Davon Gray

Legislative assistant with the American Hospital Association.  Co-founder of Harvest of Excellence, Inc.  Recently awarded an M.P.A..  Served as a presidential appointee.  B.S. in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi, 1995. 
also helping:Michelle Katz


Jean Bergaust and Fred Seelman

Small Business Leaders-states Hobbs left his position as director of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation to join the campaign; he started at the Foundation in Jan. 2005.  Trade economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, starting July 2003; included a stint as a resource economist at USDA-NRCS.  M.S. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University, 2003; B.A. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University, 2001.
Sportsmen for McCain National Steering Committee

National Coalitions Director
Aaron Manaigo
(started July 2007; reduced role after mid-Sept. 2008)  Formerly a partner atFenner, Gray & Associates, LLC, aWashington, DC based government relations firm .   President of Urban Communications Group Ltd., a strategic communications and government affairs firm in Washington, DC.  Chairman of the National Council of Black Republicans, 1998-2000.  Managed the congressional campaign of former New York State Assistant Attorney General Edward R. Adams in 1996.  Republican Bronx District Leader in the 78th Assembly District, 1994-98.  Graduate of Clark Atlanta University.
Staff-Strategy: Lauren Escher

Graduate of Boston College, 2008.

National Volunteer Director

Bill Bloomfield Jr.

Created Baron Real Estate in 2003.  Helped pioneer the growth of coin-operated laundry services within the multifamily industry as the chairman and CEO of Web Laundry Services (WEB). M.B.A. from Harvard University, 1973.  B.S. from UC Berkeley, 1971.

National Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Conway

Started as Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator on the New Hampshire primary campaign.  


Suffolk University Law School 2005-07; deferring final year to work on the campaign.  Studied at the University of Connecticut 2000-02, and finished undergraduate studies at the University of Stirling, 2002-04.

Liaison with Congressional Republicans John Green
(reported by Politico's Martin Kady and Patrick O'Connor on March 4, 2008)  Taking leave from position as co-founder and managing director of Ogilvy Government Relations.  Executive director of the  New Republican Majority Fund political action committee.  Campaign manager for Chip Pickering’s successful run for an open seat in Congress.  Worked in various positions for Sen. Trent Lott, including chief of staff.  Bachelor of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi.


Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker
(reported Dec. 20, 2006 by Wally Edge of PoliticsNJ)  Spokeswoman on Tom Kean Jr.'s 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey.  Degree in political science and history from the University of Oregon.  From Salem, OR.  
National Press Secretary Brooke


Regional press secretary for the RNC, 2006.  Department of State Global Operations Team at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, 2005.  Nevada communications director for Bush-Cheney '04.  President of UNLV College Republicans in 2003-04.  
Senior Advisor

Nicole Wallace

(started May 1, 2008)  Political analyst for CBS in New York. Communications director on Bush-Cheney '04 (announced May 30, 2003 [Nicole Devenish]).  Came to the campaign after serving as special assistant to the President and director of media affairs at the White House, responsible for regional press strategy and outreach.  Worked on the Florida recount.  Communications director for the Florida State Technology Office in 2000.  Press secretary to Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999.  Worked for the California Republican Party and Dan Lungren's gubernatorial campaign in 1998, and for the Republican caucus in the California Assembly, 1997-98.  Briefly a television reporter in California.  Graduate of U.C. Berkeley and graduate school at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. 
Deputy Communications Director and Research Director Brian Rogers
Research director on Victory 2006/Californians for Schwarzenegger in 2006.  Previously research analyst at the RNC, 2003-05, and at the NRSC in the 2002 cycle.  Graduate of Washington & Lee University.  
Deputy Communications Director - Online Activities
Michael Goldfarb
(reported by The Weekly Standard on June 2, 2008) Taking a leave of absence from position as online editor of

The Weekly Standard

Senior Press Officer at Freedom House, 2000-05.  Prior to joining Freedom House, he worked as a reporter in Israel for United Press International and as a writer for, the Web site of


magazine.  B.A. in history from Princeton University.

Regional Communications Director Jeff Sadosky
Spokesman on Fred Thompson's campaign (started Aug. 17, 2007).  Came to the campaign from his position as communications director of the Florida Republican Party.  Press secretary to Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH).  A regional press person for Bush-Cheney '04.  Worked at TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group from 2001-04.  Graduate of James Madison University with a degree in international affairs.  
Deputy Regional Communications Director Crystal Benton
Started on the campaign as NH press secretary.  Communications director for the Reform Institute.  Acting press secretary in Sen. McCain's Senate office.  B.A. in journalism from Emerson College.  From Pembroke, NH.   Previously at the RNC.  Media director for the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference.
  Previously on Fred Thompson's campaign.  
TV/Radio Booker Brittany Brammell
Santa Clara University graduate.  

Came to the campaign after six months as an account executive at Public Strategies.  Worked on the communications team on Fred Thompson's presidential campaign.  B.A. from The George Washington University, 2007.
Rapid Response Tucker Bounds
Served as regional/travelling press secretary prior to the July 2007 restructuring.  A regional press secretary at the RNC.  Oregon communications director for Bush-Cheney '04.  

Graduate of the University of Oregon.  From Hermiston, OR.

Deputy Comms. Director/National Spokesperson for Vice Presidential Response

Ben Porritt

(first reported by Mike Allen mid-Aug. 2008)  Vice president at Outside Eyes.  Press secretary to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  Public affairs specialist in the Office of Public Affairs at the

Department of Justice

.  A spokesman for Bush-Cheney '04, then a spokeman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  M.B.A. from University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, 2008.  Undergraduate degree from Bradley University, 2002.
Senior Advisor
Matt McDonald
(started in June 2008)  MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, 2008.  Senior advisor on  Californians for Schwarzenegger.  Associate communications director at the White House, 2005-06.  Director of rapid response on Bush-Cheney '04.  B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, 2000.
Senior Advisor
W. Taylor Griffin
(late June 2008)  Senior vice president for communications at the Financial Services Forum; joined the Forum in Jan. 2006.  Director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Public Affairs.  Deputy communications director for surrogate and broadcast media on Bush-Cheney '04.  Media coordinator and regional spokesman.White House Office of Media Affairs.  Press staffer in Austin on the 2000 Bush campaign.  Deputy press secretary for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Graduate of Appalachian State University.  Native of Wilson, NC.

Speechwriting Matthew Scully
(started in April 2008)  A senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush from July 1999 to Aug. 2004 (includes 18 months in the 2000 campaign).  Author of Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy (St. Martin's Press, 2002).  Former literary editor of National Review.

andMatt Burns joined the campaign after the Convention (first reported by Mike Allen mid-Aug. 2008)  

Director of Messaging Brett O'Donnell
(reported by the Lynchburg News & Advance on Nov. 16, 2006; to start Jan. 8)  Coach of Liberty University's debate team for 17 years; also president of O'Donnell and Associates, Ltd., a political consulting firm.  In 2004 the Bush-Cheney campaign retained O'Donnell to assist President Bush in debate preparation.


Director of Strategy
Sarah Simmons
(returned to the campaign after an initial stint Jan.-July 2007)  Deputy campaign manager on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger's 2006 re-election campaign.  Associate Director in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at White House (a top aide to Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove).  Senior project director (managed survey resarch) at Public Opinion Strategies; rejoined the firm in 2001.  Political director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin in the 2000 cycle.  Started career as a research assistant at Public Opinion Strategies in 1998.  B.A. in political science from the School of Public Affairs at American University, 1995 and M.A. in political science also from American University, 1997.  From Kansas.
Senior Advisor for Strategy

Greg Strimple

(from end of July 2008)  A founding partner of Mercury Public Affairs and the firm's director of public opinion research and advertising.  Prior to forming Mercury, Strimple held positions in presidential, congressional and state legislative campaigns across the country.  In 1996, he was the director of polling and deputy political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Director of Online Media
Justin Germany
Previously an account executive at Campaign Solutions.  Videographer on Bush-Cheney '04.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2003.  B.A. in mass communication from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 2002.


E-Campaign Director Michael Palmer
Part of the Campaign Solutions team.  Worked in the eCampaign division of Bush-Cheney '04, where he helped maintain both the internal and external websites, and worked closely with the campaign's political department to develop web applications for the 72Hour volunteer program and for tracking Election Day voting activities.  Prior to the campaign, Michael worked in the web industry designing and implementing project management, eCommerce and eProcurement solutions for corporate and government clients.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University.  Originally from Naples, FL.

Deputy E-Campaign Director
Ben Olson
Previously a general and research assistant at DMP Inc.  B.A. in political science from Carleton College, 2005. (April 2008)  Came to the campaign from positon doing new media for Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Deputy Director of eCampaign for eCommunication at the RNC under Patrick Ruffini.
Studio Director

John Rasor

(Jan. 2008) Grip for Universal Studios, 1999-2006.  B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2006.

Production Assistants : Sarah Hardy and Emily Abell.


Road Videographers

Andy Yerbey

- B.A. from University of Alabama, 2007.  From Killen, AL.

Richie Parsons

Voterfile/Data Consultant

Steve Ellis

Now at Director of network and online services at the RNC into 2007 (started at the RNC in 2000).  

Also note: Connell Donatelli, Inc. won a Pollie award (2009 Campaign excellence Award for Best Use of New Technology) for the McCain-Palin search marketing campaign.


Director of Domestic and Economic Policy
Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin
Previously director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Director of Congressional Budget Office, 2003-05. Chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush, 2001-02.  Chairman and trustee professor of economics and associate director of the Maxwell Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University.  Senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisors under President George H. W. Bush, 1989-90.  Doctorate in economics from Princeton University, 1985.  Graduate of Denison University, 1980.

Deputy Director for Policy
Dan McKivergan
Most recently deputy director of the Project for the New American Century.  Previously legislative director for Sen. McCain.  Policy director for the Philanthropy Roundtable and associate editor of its magazine, Philanthropy.   Legislative director for Congressman Dan Miller (R-FL).  Research director for the Weekly Standard magazine starting in 1995.   Joined the staff of the Project for the Republican Future, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in 1993.   Worked at the Republican National Committee, 1989-92.  Served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1985-89.  Degrees from Holy Cross and Johns Hopkins.
Deputy Director, Domestic Policy Gordon Gray
Started in 2007 as Research Director, Policy for the campaign.  Previously worked as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute.  B.A. in political science from Tufts University.

Senior Advisors

    Ike Brannon (economics)

    Rebecca Jensen Tallent (immigration, environment, energy)

    Jay Khosla (health)

    John Bash (judicial)

    John McCarrick (energy)

    Wendy Grubbs (education , social issues)


    Dana Wade (rapid response)

    Melissa Vap (economics)

    Joe Donoghue (general)

    Caitlin Dunn (general)

    Patrick Noonan (energy)

There were groups of outside advisers in each policy area.  These individuals were in contact through the above staff and advisors; they changed during the course of the campaign.
Foreign Policy Coordinator
Randy Sheunemann
President of Orion Strategies LLC, which he founded in 2001; also founded Scheunemann & Associates in 2001.  A project director at the Project for the New American Century.  Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) in 2002 and served as pro bono president and executive director of CLI to 2003.  Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2001.  President of the Mercury Group, 1999-2000.  Foreign policy and defense advisor on Sen. McCain's 1999-2000 presidential campaign.  National security advisor to Senate Republican Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, 1993-99.  A senior advisor to Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and served on the 1996 Republican Platform Committee.  Served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Republican Policy Committee, 1986-93.

Senior Advisors include


Dr. Kori Schake     Richard Fontaine


Director of Scheduling Amber Johnson

Director of Advance Davis White
Worked in the Office of Public Liaison at the White House.  Did advance on Bush-Cheney '04.  Graduate of Washington and Lee University, 2003.

Deputy Director of Advance

Jesse Suskin - (started Sept. 2008)  Senior press advance representative, travel manager at the White House, 2005-07.  Graduate of Northeastern University, 2005. Mike Dew - Director of advance on Fred Thompson's campaign, working for Event Strategies, Inc. in Alexandria, VA.  Did advance for First Lady Laura Bush in 2004.  Special projects director for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio in 2000.  Graduate of The Ohio State University.  Lima, Ohio native.  
Trip Coordinator
Nicholas Klitzing
(May 2008)  Bachelor's (2006) and Master's (2008) degrees in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Expenditures Analyst/Office Assistant
- Ryan Terrill

Producing Events
Robert (Bob) DeServi
Came to the campaign from position as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Communications for Production at the White House.  Former NBC camera operator.
Senior Advisor
Greg Jenkins
(started in May 2008)  Contractor at Public Strategies, Inc., 2007-08.  President of Outside Eyes Strategic Communications, 2006-07.  Director at Burson-Marsteller for six months in 2006.  Co-founder of Frontier International.  Executive director of the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House.  Director of press advance on the Bush campaign, June 1999-Jan. 2001.  Producer at Fox News Channel, 1998-99.  Attended University of Richmond, 1981-83 and Virginia Commonwealth University, 1984-87.
Senior legislative assistant to McCain; has worked for him for well over a decade.
Press Lead and Staff Secretary
Leah C. Geach

(Feb. 2008)  Previously vice president of operations at Mint Lifestyle.  Director of scheduling at Hillwood Development Company, 2006-07.  Program coordinator at NASA, 2005-06.  Director of Scheduling, Advance and Briefing/Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Education, 2004-05.  Did press advance for Bush-Cheney '04

.  B.A. in American studies from Arizona State University, 1999.


Chief of Staff

Andrew Smith
from New York.

Deputy Chief of Staff/Advance

Chris Edwards
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Advance-Press at the White House after holding a protocol position in the Administration and earlier doing volunteer advance work.  Started out in politics during the 2000 campaign as a volunteer coordinator at the Allegheny County Republican headquarters.  Graduate of Duquesne University.  Edwards grew up in the Pittsburgh area and remains active in the family business, Edward Marc Chocolatier.

Senior Traveling Aide and Advisor

Bexie Nobles
Briefly account manager and consultant at Event Strategies.  Operations/advance on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  International conference and event planner for Alcon Laboratories, 2005-07.  Advance rep. on Bush-Cheney '04.  Event coordinator at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 2002-04.  Event coordinator for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, 2000-02.  Bachelor's degree in hospitality administration from Stephen F. Austin State University, 2000.


Maria Comella
(first reported by Mike Allen mid-Aug. 2008)  Deputy communications director of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee; initially director for regional media.  Communications director for Rep. Jim Nussle's 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Iowa.  New Hampshire communications director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Worked for The Winston Group, a survey research firm in Washington, DC.  Deputy director of operations on Gov. George Pataki's (R-NY) 2002 re-election campaign.  Graduate of the Elliot School at the George Washington University, 2003.

Traveling Press Secretary

Tracey Schmitt

Taking leave from position as director of corporate communications at Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. 

Press secretary at the RNC, announced Feb. 9, 2005 through end of August 2007.  Press Secretary for the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Regional Spokesperson for the Western States and Northern Plains for Bush-Cheney ’04.  Previously worked as a Regional Spokesperson at the RNC and as a Communications aide in the White House from 2001 to 2002.  In 1999 and 2000, Schmitt worked as the cable television liaison for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Austin, Texas.  Graduate of the University of Southern California, broadcast journalism.

(announced Sept. 1, 2008)  T aking leave from position as founding partner of ViaNovo, an international management and communications consulting firm (formed in 2005); previously he had led his own firm Eskew Strategy Group.  Senior advisor to Bush-Cheney '04.  Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Global Communications until Dec. 2003; d

irector of the White House Office of Media Affairs in 2001.  Directed communications for the the Gov. George W. Bush's South Carolina presidential primary campaign in 2000; senior communications advisor to the campaign in the summer and fall of 2000.  Press secretary and communications director to South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell.  Press assistant, then assistant press secretary on President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign.
Campaign manager of Palin's successful run for Governor in 2006.  Development director for the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.  Experience in telecommunications as general manager of Alaska DigiTel and general manager of MTA Wireless.  Born and raised in Alaska; graduated from Wasilla High School and resides in Wasilla.

Trip Director

Jason Recher
Trip director at the White House starting in May 2006; joined the White House advance staff in 2004, earlier volunteered in advance while finishing his studies.  Also served as managing director of events on the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Worked on George W. Bush's campaign starting in the NH primary through to the Florida recount and the Inauguration (youth concert at MCI center).  Undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, 2003; left Boston College as a junior in 1999 to work on the Bush campaign.  From Rye, NH.

Staff Secretary

Martha Newton
(senior briefing officer for Gov. Palin)  Advance representative in the White House Office of Presidential Advance, 2001-08.  Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006-07.  Associate Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, 2002-06.  Crime Victim Services Division Chief for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, 1995-2001.  Graduate of Western Kentucky University, 1989.

Foreign Policy Advisor

Stephen E. Biegun
Elected as a corporate officer and Vice president of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company in April 2004.  National security advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.  Executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House, 2001-03.  Fourteen years as a foreign policy advisor to members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate including chief of staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1999-2000, the Committee's senior professional staff member for European affairs from 1994-98, and staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs for six years.  Co-chair of the European Foreign Policy Issues Group for Bob Dole's presidential campaign, 1995-96.  International Republican Institute's resident director in the Russian Federation, 1992-94.  Graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied political science and Russian language.
Angela Lew - hair stylist (Hair Grove in Westlake Village, CA) and Amy Strozzi - make up artist


Experience includes Central and Eastern European director at the International Republican Institute.

Communications Director

Laurye Blackford

Senior producer for "Good Morning America" in New York through May 2008.


Finance Director Susan Nelson
A principal and the senior Republican in The Loeffler Group.  Worked for The Federalist Group and, earlier, for Berman Enterprises, where she served as senior vice president of state government affairs.  Finance director of the Republican Governors Association in the 2002 cycle under then-Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge (PA).  Before joining the RGA, Nelson co-owned and -operated Eudy Nelson & Associates. National deputy finance director for the 1996 Phil Gramm for President campaign.During the early 1990s, she served as finance services director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Native of Michigan.

National Finance Co-Chairs  


Director of Administration

Bradley Loncar
Started out as deputy budget director on the campaign, Jan.-July 2007.  Senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2005-06.  Director of investments and budget management on Bush-Cheney 2004 from Sept. 2003-July 2005.  B.S. in business from the University of Miami, 2001.

Administrative Operations Manager

Chris Erb
(started on the campaign in Feb. 2008)  Before the campaign Erb had been working as a customer services representative at Chevy Chase Bank.  Biologist at NIH specializing in AIDS, HIV, SHIV, and SIV related projects, 1999-2007.  Research assistant at Georgetown University, 1995-99.  Graduate of Kenyon College, 1994.
IT Coordinator
Ian Lubetkin
Started as a volunteer in Oct. 2007.  Lubetkin took a year off from studies at Franklin & Marshall to work on the campaign; he is a government major and aims to graduate in 2009.
Joseph Schmuckler

Comptroller/Director of Treasury
Sal Purpura
(started on the campaign in Nov. 200 6)  Comptroller of The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation since April 2006.  Treasurer on Bush-Cheney '04, May 2003-April 2008.   Comptroller on Bush-Brogan 2002.  Budget director on Bush-Cheney 2000.  Deputy comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor, 1997-99.  Finance assistant at the Republican Party of Florida.  States budget director on Dole-Kemp '96.  Budget liaison on Phil Gramm for President, 1995-96.  Staff assistant at the Florida Department of Education.  Finance assistant on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Feeney '94.
Deputy Comptroller/Deputy Director of Treasury
Abe Adams
J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, 2006.  B.S. in industrial engineering and German from the University of Alabama, 2002.

National Budget Director
Miguel Romano

(July 2008)  Business liaison director at the Inter American Development Bank, 2006-07.  Advisor to the Assistant Secretary and Director General  at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2005-06.  Senior advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2005.  National deputy director of voter contact (phones) on Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.  Master's degree in finance from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 2008.  Master's degree in international business from the University of Florida, 2001.  B.A. in business communication from Florida State University, 1999.

FEC Compliance Manager
Kevin Broghamer
(Dec. 2006)  Finance director on Geoff Davis f or Congress, 2006.  Legislative correspondent to Sen. Jim Bunning, June 2003-April 2006.  B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Kentucky, 2003.
Deputy Compliance Manager
John Mannion

Press Billing Manager
Kristi Pulsfort

Budget Manager
Diane Audouin

Operations Manager
Emily Tadlock
Deputy director of treasury and comptroller on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  Account manager at CMDI.  Campaign credit card manager on Bush-Cheney '04.  Deputy comptroller on Bush-Brogan 2002.  Finance coordinator at the Republican Party of Florida.  Degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University, 1999.
Accounts Payable Manager
Sofia Amaya

Travel and Credit Card Manager
Amelia Chasse
B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2008.
Accounts Receivable Manager
Ray Riley

Human Resources Manager
Destin Crosby


General Counsel Trevor Potter
Attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered and president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center.  General counsel of the McCain 2000 campaign.  Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, 1991-95.  Deputy general counsel of the Bush 1988 campaign.  Assistant general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission, 1984-85.  Attorney at the Department of Justice, 1982-84.  Graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, 1982, and of Harvard College, 1978.

Chief Counsel Todd Steggerda
(started Jan. 1, 2007; ran the day to day operations)  Former partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  J.D, University of Iowa College of La

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