People & Organizations – political consultant appointments and resignations

People & Organizations – political consultant appointments and resignations – Brief Article

CAMPAIGN MOVEMENTS: ExNashville Mayor Phil Bredesen appointed Dave Cooley, his former aide and strategist, to manage his 2002 gubernatorial bid. Cooley, a lawyer, also ran Bredesen’s unsuccessful 1994 bid for governor…. New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith (R) has hired Roger Wilkins as field director to his reelection campaign next year. He has also hired JLM Consulting (Jim Murphy) as general consultant, Mike Mihalke of Brabender Cox Mihalke as media consultant and John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Assoc. as pollster…. Mark Warner, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor this year, has hired Betty Jolly as political director. Jolly comes from the University of Virginia, where she was director of state government relations…. California Secretary of State Bill Jones (R) has appointed former Republican Gov. George Deukmejian as chair of his 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

FIRM CHANGES: AKT Strategies, a Republican general consulting firm based in Austin, has changed its name to Jim Arnold & Assoc. Web site:

NEW JOBS: Washington, D.C.-based Democratic media firm Squier Knapp Dunn has hired Jim Mulhall, who has most recently been consulting for Democrats in Nevada.., Adler Public Affairs, a Long Beach, CA-based political consulting firm, has hired Jonathan L. Brown as political director and promoted Jeffrey Henderson to account executive…. Global research firm Ipsos Reid has appointed Washington pollster Thomas Riehle as chief operating officer of the company’s U.S. Public Affairs division,… Nick Macri has joined the Arlington, VA-based Republican polling firm 411 Communications as an associate. Macri was formerly a vice president of the political Internet company NetCapitol…. Strategic Telecommunications, a Republican mail and telemarketing firm based in St. Paul, MN, has hired Gina Parker as direct mail manager.

GREENBERG EXPANDS: Jeremy Rosner has been named senior vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Research, and the firm’s name has been changed to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Since Rosner joined the firm in 1998, he has directed polling and provided strategic advice for dozens of campaigns in the United States, Europe and Latin America, as well as for corporations and issue organizations. He also conducted opinion research for Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates Al Gore and Joe Lieberman during the 2000 election cycle. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner has also hired public policy professor Anna Greenberg as vice president. Greenberg, daughter of company CEO Stan Greenberg, comes from Harvard University, where she was teaching at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was recently a visiting scholar at the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in Washington and headed the Home Journal “Women’s Electorate” polling projec t during the 2000 election. The firm has also hired Tom Melia to handle international corporate and political projects. He is formerly vice president for programs at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

PARTY LINES: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Jenny Backus as its new communications director. Backus, who previously served as the press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, will replace Erik Smith, who left the DCCC to become communications director for House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D).

STATE PARTY LINES: State Sen. Terry Care was elected as the chair of the Nevada Democratic Party last month, replacing Rory Reid, son of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. Reid said he would not run again because he needs more time for his family and growing legal practice,… The Louisiana Democratic Party has hired attorney Scott Arceneaux as executive director…. Lobbyist Bob Fannin has been elected chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, beginning his tenure as chair in June…. The Mississippi Democratic Party has lost most of its top officers, though the reasons for the mass exodus are unclear. Party Chair John Levingston and Executive Director Amy Harris both resigned on June 16, and Treasurer Jodie Robinson resigned one week earlier. The Jackson Clarion Ledger reported that the resignations were due to “the re-hiring of a party employee,” but party sources are tight- lipped. Acting chair Carnelia Pettis Fondren, who was previously vice-chair, says all three left for personal reasons. New officers will be electe d after the party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, July 28.

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