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Shop Talk: Obama’s 2012 Campaign Team Is Shaping Up

Courtesy White House
Katie Hogan, seen sitting at an Obama event, is becoming deputy press secretary for the 2012 campaign. She traveled the world with the president and helped wrangle the press.

Keyes joins a team led by Communications Director Paul Lindsay and Deputy Communications Director Joanna Burgos. The regional press secretaries are Andrea Bozek, Tyler Houlton and Tory Mazzola. Ted Kwong is deputy press secretary, and Emily Davis is director of leadership communications.

Lerner-ing a New DNC Job

News that Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is taking over as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee isn’t the only change afoot there.

Jeffrey Lerner signed on in mid-March as the new DNC political director. Lerner was most recently the southern regional political director at the White House.

Previously he worked at the Dan Klores Communications firm in New York, served as communications director for then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and then was political director at Change to Win, the 2008 labor union coalition that backed President Barack Obama.

Speaking of DNC Change

Democratic National Committee Deputy Press Secretary Brandi Hoffine is following her boss to Virginia to serve as former Gov. Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign spokeswoman. Mo Elleithee, a veteran of Kaine’s 2005 gubernatorial campaign, is helping the communications team out during the announcement and transition period. The rest of the Kaine staff has yet to be announced.

Ex-Reid Aide Heads to Super PAC

Rodell Mollineau, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been named president of American Bridge 21st Century, a new political action committee and research organization formed to help Democratic candidates compete with a host of similar conservative groups that emerged during the 2010 election cycle.

Mollineau spent the previous four years running the communications war room for the Senate Democratic Conference and played an integral role for Reid down the stretch of the Democrat’s successful re-election campaign.

American Bridge 21st Century is a recently launched “Democratic Super PAC” and accompanying 501(c)(4) that will attempt to elect Democrats to the House and Senate in 2012.

According to a press release issued by the group, Mollineau “will lead the overall efforts of the Super Pac and its companion 501(c)(4) foundation to build a permanent progressive counterweight to the outside Republican groups that took hold of the electoral process in 2010.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Beychok, campaign manager for ex-Rep. Charlie Melancon’s (D) failed challenge of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), will serve as the group’s campaign director.

DCCC Regionals Cross Campus

Two Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee regional press secretaries from the 2010 cycle have moved to the Senate side of campus.

Shripal Shah, who was the northeastern press secretary, will serve as press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2012 cycle. Matt Canter previously moved over from the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to serve as communications director.

Andy Stone, who handled races in the West in 2008, is now press secretary for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who won re-election to a fourth term last year.

The DCCC, which is under new leadership, has yet to announce its regional press secretaries for the 2012 cycle. The NRCC announced its communications team in January.

David M. Drucker contributed to this report.

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