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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is among those forming a group to advocate for the health care reform law.

Gitcho also worked on Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign as a regional press secretary before moving over to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s campaign for the general election. She joined the Republican National Committee as national press secretary in 2009 before becoming communications director for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Capitol Hill.

The Santorum Angle

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced the hiring of Amanda Kornegay, partner of the Macsata-Kornegay Group Inc., as finance director of his presidential exploratory committee. Kornegay served as finance director for Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), who raised $28 million in her bid against Sen. Harry Reid (D). She previously was finance director for North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s first bid in 2004. Kornegay also previously worked with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas).

On the Hunt-sman

The Washington Post reported that China Ambassador Jon Huntsman’s potential presidential campaign snagged veteran South Carolina operative Chris Allen, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s political director in the state in 2008 and a former aide to ex-Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

Cross-Country Consulting

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee veterans Brian Walsworth and Nicole Landset have formed a new consulting firm, with Walsworth based in Lansing, Mich., and Landset in Los Angeles.

Walsworth Landset Research will offer research, document collection and strategic communications to candidates, political organizations, nonprofits and corporations.

Walsworth was the DCCC director of research and strategy in the 2008 cycle and has also worked as a research consultant at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He has worked on Congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral campaigns and served as a consultant to several Members of Congress, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Landset succeeded Walsworth at the DCCC, serving as director of research and strategy in the 2010 cycle. She also was research director for the League of Conservation Voters and the campaigns of former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) and New York mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer (D).

Saler to Captain the Ship

Mississippi GOP Chairman Arnie Hederman recently announced the party’s latest staff additions from the past few months as they operate what he called “a lean, mean team.” Tim Saler, a North Carolina “victory director” at the Republican National Committee in 2010, was named executive director for the 2012 cycle. Saler previously organized Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s field operation in the southern half of the state.

The party also brought in Kaitlyn Colson, a veteran of Republican Rep. Gregg Harper’s office, as director of member relations, and Myles Russell and Kyle Brown as regional political directors.

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