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Shop Talk: Dresner, Wickers Add Partners

Dresner, Wickers and Associates, a full-service Republican consulting firm, has added two partners and changed its name to Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders.

Richard Dresner and Bob Wickers, who founded the firm in 1993, announced the additions of Carolyn Barber and Bryan Sanders.

Barber, who works out of the firm’s San Francisco headquarters, has more than 10 years of media planning and buying experience, including dozens of statewide campaigns and all of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s TV ad placement for his 2008 presidential campaign.

Barber placed ads for Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who is now running for Senate, and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who may also run for Senate.

Sanders runs the firm’s Little Rock, Ark., office and recently managed Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s 2010 campaign. Sanders also worked on Huckabee’s presidential campaign and is now married to the former governor’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee, who is also a GOP consultant.

Boggs Starting at Revolution

Avery Boggs has joined Revolution Agency as a vice president. At the Washington, D.C.-based issue advocacy and public affairs firm, Boggs will engage on political and public policy challenges facing the firm’s clients, focusing on the development and execution of integrated communication firms.

Boggs previously advised candidates and issue groups at the Stevens and Schriefer Group.

Earlier this year Revolution Agency added GOP operatives Mike Murphy and Bob Honold as partners.

New Oppo-tunity for Burke

Austin Burke was recently named partner at VR Research, a Democratic opposition research firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif. Burke works out of the firm’s D.C. office, where he has been serving as vice president.

Burke was research director for former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack’s brief bid for president, and he also served on the 2004 Senate campaign of former Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) and Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. The Dean campaign was his first politics job after graduating from college, and he started as a volunteer envelope-stuffer before moving up the ranks.

New Conservative Voice in 2012

The American Conservative Union announced last week the hiring of Kristy Campbell as national communications director.

Campbell served as communications director on former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum’s gubernatorial campaign last year and previously was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s chief spokeswoman. After his tenure as governor, Campbell served as communications director for Bush’s two nonprofit public policy organizations.

“Kristy Campbell is an experienced, respected conservative communicator, and I’m pleased to announce this new addition to our ACU team,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said.

Host of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the ACU touts itself as the oldest and largest grass-roots conservative organization in the country. The ACU also announced in recent months the addition of Gregg Keller as executive director and Chris Malagisi as CPAC director.

Keeping Score

The team behind Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul’s (D) special election victory in New York’s 26th district last week included campaign manager Adam Sullivan and a consulting team that has helped Democrats in other recent special elections.

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