Key People-Sen. John McCain
John McCain (R-AZ)
updated August 31, 2009
General Election Edition
see also primary
organization and earlier pre-restructuring
Headquarters: 1235 South Clark Street,
Arlington, VA 22202
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.
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 California.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election. Deputy
to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, responsible for
press relations and communications. Point man for the Bush
on the confirmations of Judge John Roberts and then Judge Samuel Alito
to the U.S. Supreme Court. Deputy Communications
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
Attended the University of Delaware from
1988 to 1993 as a political science major
. From North Plainfield, NJ.
Manager || Rick Davis |
(through July 2, 2008,
then readjusted role; started as campaign manager July 10, 2007;
in the first iteration of the campaign) Managing partner of Davis
Manafort. Chaired Sen. McCain's Straight Talk America.
campaign manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.
Convention Manager for the 1996 National Republican Convention and
campaign manager on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 campaign. Also worked on
the George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan campaigns. Government
includes Special Assistant for Policy to the Secretary of Health and
Services, Special Assistant for the Budget to the Secretary of the
Special Assistant for Trade Development in the U.S. Department of
and consultant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Graduate of the University of Alabama.
| Senior Advisor || Mark Salter |
strategy) Administrative Assistant (Chief of Staff) in McCain's
office. Has helped McCain write his four books. Started
for McCain in 1989 as a legislative assistant. Previously worked
for Jeanne Kirkpatrick when she was UN Ambassador and at AEI.
| Senior Advisor || Charlie Black |
(support announced early
2007; full-time on the campaign starting April 1, 2008) Chairman
of BKSH &
Associates through March 31, 2008. Senior advisor to
Reagan and Bush (41). Principal public spokesman for President
in the 1992 presidential campaign. Chief spokesman for the RNC,
Has managed the successful elections of more than ten members of the
Senate and more than a dozen Members of Congress. Political
to U.S. Senators Jesse Helms, Robert Dole, Phil Gramm and Dave
Political director at the RNC during the chairmanship of Bill Brock
70s-1981). B.A. in political science from the University of
and a J.D. from The American University. Native of North Carolina.
(started in Jan. 2007 as national
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
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
| Deputy Campaign
Manager || Christian Ferry |
| Political Director || Mike DuHaime |
(from early July
2008...also serving as senior advisor for political operations at the
RNC, announced March 7,
Previously executive director of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential
starting end of 2006. Political director at the RNC, started in
2005. Northeast regional political director for Bush-Cheney
Prior to the campaign served as executive director of the New Jersey
Party starting in January 2002. Has his own political consulting
firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., which he formed in 2001.
campaign manager of Bob Franks' 2000 Senate campaign. Graduate of
Livingston College, Rutgers. From Hoboken, NJ.
National Field Director
Initially regional campaign manager for NY and NJ (from April
2008). National field director
on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign (announced Feb. 14,
Stepien served as the National 72 Hour Director at the RNC in
New Hampshire state field director for President Bush's re-election
in 2004. In 2003, Stepien managed Bill Baroni's State Assembly
(New Jersey’s only successful Republican State Assembly challenger
He has also worked for Public Opinion Strategies, the Republican
firm, and on Bob Franks’ 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate.
Regional Campaign Managers
Barnett (New England - CT, ME,
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).
served as the campaign's New England Regional Director. Chairman
of the Vermont
Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov.
Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for
of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff. Deputy
Director in the Presidential Personnel Office, 2001-02. Public
relations manager at Validea.com, 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,
... 250 Commercial St., Suite 3007,
Manchester, NH 03101
(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
... 40 New
Brunswick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Woodbridge, NJ 08861
(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
director. Associate director
Plains) in the White House Office of Political Affairs. Executive
director of Bush-Cheney '04 in Washington State. Field
at the National Association of Realtors®. Worked at the
Republican Congressional Committee and in the first part of 2002 he
John Redwine's primary campaign in Iowa's 5th CD. He worked on
field teams of the National Federation of Independent Business and
Builders and Contractors. Graduate of the University of Colorado.
... 240 N.
5th Street, Suite 340, Columbus, OH, 43215
Trey Walker(Mid-Atlantic -
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.
field director for Sen. McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign.
director of the South Carolina Republican Party for almost seven years,
...1235 S. Clark St. First Floor, Arlington, VA 22202
Jacobs (Southeast - AL, FL,
MS, NC, SC and TN)
campaign's Southern regional
political director, then, following the July 2007 shakeup, state
director for McCain's
Carolina primary campaign and worked on the Florida primary campaign.
Director of immigration security policy on
White House Homeland Security Council, 2004-07. Office of
planning at the FBI, 2002-04. M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School
Government, 2002. B.S. in commerce and business administration
of Alabama, 1998.
... 420 E. Jefferson
Street 3rd Floor Tallahassee, FL 32301
Goldman (South Central -
LA, NE, OK and TX)
Candidate for Texas State
Representative (Fort Worth HD-97) in the Nov. 6, 2007 special
election. Executive director of
Straight Talk America, started Aug. 2005, then executive director on
McCain's campaign in California through March or April 2007.
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
Volunteered as needed on McCain's 2000 campaign. Campaign manager
on Rob Mosbacher for mayor of Houston, TX, 1997. Worked for Sen.
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
...6334 S. Racine
Circle, Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80111
Collins (Midwest - IL,
State director on Mitt
Iowa caucus campaign. Political director at the Republican
Association in the 2006 cycle; also did consulting for the Commonwealth
PAC and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional
Deputy chairman/executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in
Managed Doug Gross' 2002 campaign for governor. Ran for State
1998. B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in
...2775 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322
Hallowell (Great Lakes
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
only Republican countywide victory in Indianapolis that year.
president of new market development for Angie’s List, 2005.
of political strategy for Mitch Daniels’ successful 2004 gubernatorial
campaign. Political director of the Indiana Republican
From 1995-2000, Hallowell worked for Indiana Congressman David McIntosh
in various fundraising and political capacities including deputy
manager for his unsuccessful 2000 gubernatorial bid and campaign
for his successful 1998 congressional campaign.
...31440 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 100 Farmington
Hills, MI 48334
- 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
fellowship. 2000 graduate of Middlebury College.
... 678 Transfer Road St.
Paul, MN 55114
Nava (Southwest - AZ,
Comes to the campaign from
Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman. Previously served as state
director for Sen. John McCain for nearly three years, directing three
offices. Worked on coalition building and outreach on McCain's
presidential campaign. to enhance his coalition building efforts and
activities. Worked for Gov. Fife Symington as his Director of
Relations and Boards and Commissions. Graduate of the University
North 16th Street, Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Peschong (West - CA,
NV, OR, WA, AK and HI)
Partner at Meridian
Pacific, Inc (MPI). Northwestern regional political director at
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
Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House Office of
during the Reagan Administration, Commission on the Bicentennial of the
United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America's Future (a
B.A. in communications arts from Loyola Marymount University, 1984.
...8935 South Pecos Road Suite 22A Henderson,
Director || John Yob |
(initially the campaign's
State Director) Partner in Strategic National Consulting, LLC;
president of Independent Campaign Marketing Inc.. Graduate of the
University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
former chairman of the Michigan College Republicans. Youngest son
of Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob.
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
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
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
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.
Director || |
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...
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.
|Director of Veterans Outreach || |
Special projects manager at
the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs.
Graduate of Yale, 2003.
|Deputy Director of Veterans Outreach || |
Worked in coalitions at the RNC. Duke University.
Deputy: Lindsay Bomar
Judy Black, co-chair
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
|Chair of Hispanic Outreach |
The New American Pioneers
(late July 2008)
| Director of Hispanic Outreach |
Rafael B é
Opinion Makers International, LLC, an Arlington, VA-based consulting
firm; also an adjunct professor at the
School of Political Management.
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
- principal at Corporate
Political Strategies, LLC in San Antonio since Dec. 2007.
principal at Corporate
Political Strategies, LLC in San Antonio.
of MAS Consulting Group in San Antonio.
Principal at Capital City
Partners. Veteran political consultant with 25 years of
experience in national campaigns includin g
| Director of Conservative Outreach |
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 || |
Deputy state director of
McCain's Iowa caucus campaign. President of IHS (In
His Service) Consulting. A two-time executive director of the
Party of Iowa, as well as its political director and Victory
Has served as president of Iowa Right to Life and as executive director
of the Iowa Family Policy Center. National deputy political
for Gary Bauer for President in 1999-2000. Deputy Iowa campaign
for Phil Gramm’s 1996 presidential campaign. Popma has also
for the campaigns of Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot, and the
campaigns of Terry Branstad and Jim Nussle.
| Deputy Director of Social Conservative Outreach |
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.
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,
|Chair of Jewish Advisory Committee |
|Coordinator of Jewish Outreach |
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.
|Political Director |
|American Indians ||Sam
[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 |
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
(Aug. 1, 2008) Worked at Fernandez
& Associates LLP in Menlo Park. Graduate of Purdue
University. Originally from Taiwan, where his father was an
|Asian American Pacific Islanders |
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).
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.
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.
Jay W. Kenny
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.
|David Jenkins |
& Ranch Team
National Steering Committee
Pearson, Ford O'Connell
(youth and students)
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.
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.
National Steering Committee
(started July 2007; reduced role
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.
| National Coalitions Director |
| Aaron Manaigo |
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.
Started as Office Manager/Volunteer
Coordinator on the New Hampshire primary campaign.
National Volunteer Coordinator
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
Republicans || John Green |
(reported by Politico's
Kady and Patrick O'Connor on March 4, 2008) Taking leave from
as co-founder and managing director of Ogilvy Government
Executive director of the New Republican Majority Fund political
action committee. Campaign manager for Chip Pickering’s
run for an open seat in Congress. Worked in various positions for
Sen. Trent Lott, including chief of staff. Bachelor of Public
from the University of Mississippi.
Director || Jill Hazelbaker |
(reported Dec. 20, 2006 by
Edge of PoliticsNJ) Spokeswoman on Tom Kean Jr.'s 2006 U.S.
campaign in New Jersey. Degree in political science and history
the University of Oregon. From Salem, OR.
Secretary || Brooke
Regional press secretary
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.
Advisor || |
(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,
for regional press strategy and outreach. Worked on the Florida
Communications director for the Florida State Technology Office in
Press secretary to Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999. Worked for the
Republican Party and Dan Lungren's gubernatorial campaign in 1998, and
for the Republican caucus in the California Assembly, 1997-98.
a television reporter in California. Graduate of U.C. Berkeley
graduate school at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern
Director and Research Director || Brian Rogers |
Research director on
2006/Californians for Schwarzenegger in 2006. Previously research
analyst at the RNC, 2003-05, and at the NRSC in the 2002 cycle.
of Washington & Lee University.
(reported by The Weekly Standard on
June 2, 2008) Taking a leave of absence from
position as online editor of
Director - Online Activities || Michael Goldfarb |
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 Time.com, the Web site of
magazine. B.A. in history from
Director || Jeff Sadosky |
Spokesman on Fred
campaign (started Aug. 17, 2007). Came to the campaign from his
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
2001-04. Graduate of James Madison University with a degree in
Communications Director || Crystal Benton |
Started on the campaign as
press secretary. Communications director for the Reform
Acting press secretary in Sen. McCain's Senate office. B.A. in
from Emerson College. From Pembroke, NH.
Previously at the
Media director for the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference.
Previously on Fred
Booker || Brittany Brammell |
Santa Clara University
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.
Response || Tucker Bounds |
press secretary prior to the July 2007 restructuring. A regional
press secretary at the RNC. Oregon communications director for
Graduate of the University of Oregon. From Hermiston, OR.
|Deputy Comms. Director/National Spokesperson
for Vice Presidential Response || |
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.
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.
| Senior Advisor || W. Taylor Griffin |
| Speechwriting || Matthew Scully |
(started in April
A senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush from July 1999 to
2004 (includes 18 months in the 2000 campaign). Author of Dominion:
The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Martin's Press, 2002). Former literary editor of National
joined the campaign after the Convention (first
reported by Mike Allen mid-Aug. 2008)
Messaging || Brett O'Donnell |
(reported by the Lynchburg
News & Advance
on Nov. 16, 2006; to start Jan. 8) Coach
Liberty University's debate team for 17 years; also president of
and Associates, Ltd., a political consulting firm. In 2004 the
campaign retained O'Donnell to assist President Bush in debate
| Director of
Strategy || Sarah Simmons |
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
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
Strategies in 1998. B.A. in political science from
School of Public Affairs at American University, 1995 and M.A. in
political science also from American University, 1997. From
(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.
| Senior Advisor
for Strategy || |
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.
of Online Media || Justin Germany |
Director || Michael Palmer |
Part of the Campaign
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
for the 72Hour volunteer program and for tracking Election Day voting
Prior to the campaign, Michael worked in the web industry designing and
implementing project management, eCommerce and eProcurement solutions
corporate and government clients. B.A. in political science from
The George Washington University. Originally from Naples, FL.
E-Campaign Director || Ben Olson |
Previously a general and
assistant at DMP Inc. B.A. in political science from Carleton
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.
(Jan. 2008) Grip for Universal
Studios, 1999-2006. B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2006.
Director || |
Production Assistants :
Sarah Hardy and Emily Abell.
- B.A. from
University of Alabama, 2007. From Killen, AL.
Now at 3edc.net. Director of network
and online services at the RNC into 2007 (started at the RNC in 2000).
Consultant || |
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
R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign
Director of Congressional Budget Office, 2003-05. Chief economist for
Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush,
Chairman and trustee professor of economics and associate director of
Maxwell Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. Senior
staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisors under President
H. W. Bush, 1989-90. Doctorate in economics from Princeton
1985. Graduate of Denison University, 1980.
| Deputy Director
for Policy || Dan McKivergan |
Most recently deputy
of the Project for the New American Century. Previously
director for Sen. McCain. Policy director for the Philanthropy
and associate editor of its magazine, Philanthropy
Legislative director for Congressman Dan Miller (R-FL). Research
director for the Weekly Standard
magazine starting in
Joined the staff of the Project for the Republican Future, a
D.C. think tank, in 1993. Worked at the Republican National
Committee, 1989-92. Served in the United States Coast Guard
from 1985-89. Degrees from Holy Cross and Johns Hopkins.
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.
| Deputy Director,
Domestic Policy || Gordon Gray |
Tallent (immigration, environment, energy)
Jay Khosla (health)
(education , social issues)
Dana Wade (rapid
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
| Foreign Policy
President of Orion
LLC, which he founded in 2001; also founded Scheunemann &
in 2001. A project director at the Project for the New American
Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) in 2002 and
as pro bono president and executive director of CLI to 2003.
to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2001. President of the
Mercury Group, 1999-2000. Foreign policy and defense advisor on
McCain's 1999-2000 presidential campaign. National security
to Senate Republican Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott,
A senior advisor to Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and
on the 1996 Republican Platform Committee. Served on the staffs
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs
and the House Republican Policy Committee, 1986-93.
Dr. Kori Schake
| Director of
Scheduling || Amber Johnson |
| Director of
Advance || Davis White |
Worked in the
of Public Liaison at the White House.
Did advance on Bush-Cheney '04. Graduate of Washington and Lee
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,
(May 2008) Bachelor's (2006)
and Master's (2008) degrees in political science from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
| Trip Coordinator || Nicholas Klitzing |
Expenditures Analyst/Office Assistant- Ryan Terrill
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
| Producing Events ||Robert
(Bob) DeServi |
| 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.
from New York.
|Andrew Smith |
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,
Chief of Staff/Advance
|Chris Edwards |
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.
Traveling Aide and Advisor
|Bexie Nobles |
|Maria Comella |
(first reported by Mike Allen
mid-Aug. 2008) Deputy communications director of the Rudy
Giuliani Presidential Committee; initially director for regional
director for Rep. Jim Nussle's 2006 gubernatorial campaign in
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
campaign. Graduate of the Elliot School at the George Washington
|Tracey Schmitt |
Taking leave from position as
director of corporate communications at Emergent BioSolutions,
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,
(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 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 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.
|Jason Recher |
(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.
|Martha Newton |
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.
|Stephen E. Biegun |
Angela Lew - hair stylist (Hair
Grove in Westlake Village, CA) and Amy Strozzi - make up artist
Central and Eastern European director at the International Republican
|Laurye Blackford |
Senior producer for "Good
Morning America" in New York through May 2008.
| Finance Director || Susan Nelson |
A principal and the senior
in The Loeffler Group. Worked for The Federalist Group and,
for Berman Enterprises, where she served as senior vice president of
government affairs. Finance director of the Republican Governors
Association in the 2002 cycle under then-Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge
Before joining the RGA, Nelson co-owned and -operated Eudy Nelson &
Associates. National deputy finance director for the 1996 Phil Gramm
President campaign.During the early 1990s, she served as finance
director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. B.A.
Indiana University, Bloomington. Native of Michigan.
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.
| Bradley Loncar |
(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.
| Chris Erb |
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.
| IT Coordinator || Ian Lubetkin |
| Treasurer ||Joseph
(started on the campaign in Nov.
Treasury || Sal Purpura |
The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation since April
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
J.D. from the University of Alabama
School of Law, 2006. B.S. in industrial engineering and German
from the University of Alabama, 2002.
Comptroller/Deputy Director of
Treasury || Abe Adams |
| National Budget
Director || Miguel Romano |
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
director of voter contact (phones) on Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.
Master's degree in finance from Instituto Tecnológico y de
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.
(Dec. 2006) Finance director
on Geoff Davis f
| FEC Compliance
Manager || Kevin Broghamer |
Congress, 2006. Legislative correspondent to Sen. Jim Bunning,
2003-April 2006. B.S. in biological sciences from the
| Deputy Compliance
Manager || John Mannion |
| Press Billing
Manager || Kristi Pulsfort |
| Budget Manager || Diane Audouin |
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
| Operations Manager || Emily Tadlock |
| Accounts Payable
Manager || Sofia Amaya |
B.A. in international affairs from
The George Washington University, 2008.
| Travel and Credit
Card Manager || Amelia Chasse |
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
Legal Center. General counsel of the McCain 2000
Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, 1991-95. Deputy
general counsel of the Bush 1988 campaign. Assistant general
to the Federal Communications Commission, 1984-85. Attorney at
Department of Justice, 1982-84. Graduate of the University of
School of Law, 1982, and of Harvard College, 1978.
(started Jan. 1, 2007; ran the day
operations) Former partner
at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. J.D, University of
Iowa College of La
| Chief Counsel || Todd Steggerda |
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