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Shop Talk: The Specter Split

Correction Appended

Several of Sen. Arlen Specter’s (Pa.) consultants have jumped ship in the wake of the former Republican’s move to the other side of the aisle this week.

Finance Director Louisa Boyd is stepping down from the campaign because of Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party.

“As I plan to continue my career as a Republican fundraiser, it is not part of my business plan to work for a Democratic candidate,” Boyd wrote in an e-mail to colleagues. “I wish Senator Specter all the best, and will continue to hold him in the absolute highest regard.”

Specter’s longtime pollster, Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, confirmed he has resigned from Specter’s team.

Chris Mottola, Specter’s media consultant, declined to comment when asked whether he was staying with the campaign.

“I don’t talk about anything with the Senator,” Mottola said.

Specter’s national finance chairman, Wayne Berman, is not staying, but longtime campaign manager Christopher Nichols will remain.

Meanwhile, even before Specter’s big announcement, former Rep. Pat Toomey’s campaign staff was taking shape. Toomey was headed for a primary showdown with Specter but is now considered the leading Republican in the Senate race.

He has plucked his former mouthpiece at the Club for Growth to be his campaign communications director: Nachama Soloveichik’s last day at the Club was Wednesday.

But Soloveichik is not the only Toomey staffer with a track record with the club. Mark Harris will manage the day-to-day operation of Toomey’s campaign. Harris managed the campaign of a Club-backed candidate, businessman Chris Hackett (R), in his unsuccessful bid against Rep. Christopher Carney’s (D-Pa.) in 2008.

John Lerner — Red Sea firm founder and a frequent consultant for many candidates that the Club supports — will be Toomey’s general consultant.

Toomey has also picked an alumni of his 2004 campaign, Tim Kelly, to be his campaign spokesman.

Roving Strategist. Karl Rove, the former chief strategist to President George W. Bush, has taken another dive into Texas politics, acting as a top adviser to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R) gubernatorial campaign.

Rove, who helped engineer Bush’s gubernatorial victories in Texas in the 1990s and was additionally pre-eminent in guiding the GOP to its majority status in the Lone Star State, was already known to be acting as an informal adviser to Hutchison. But according to multiple Republican sources with Texas ties, Rove’s role is much more extensive than was previously thought.

Hutchison’s campaign denied that Rove is involved in the campaign, with spokesman Rick Wiley conceding only that the Senator and the former White House strategist are “good friends.”

Rove “has no role in the campaign itself,” Wiley said late Wednesday.

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