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Shop Talk: Dresner, Wickers Add Partners

Pollsters were Jef Pollock and Nick Gourevitch of Global Strategy Group, media consultants were Steve Murphy and Jon Vogel of Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly, and direct-mail consultants were Ed Peavy and Adnaan Muslim of Mission Control.

That team previously helped elect Democrats in two other New York special elections: ex-Rep. Scott Murphy and Rep. Bill Owens in 2009. Murphy was defeated for re-election in 2010.

Bauman to Jewish Council

The National Jewish Democratic Council hired Brad Bauman as communications director. Bauman has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as communications director for former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio). He worked previously as communications manager for the Sunlight Foundation and as communications director for Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) as well as on Kilroy’s 2008 campaign.

The council works as a liaison between the organized Jewish community and the Democratic Party.

Lone Star Hires Help

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, who is running in a crowded primary for the Republican Senate nomination in Texas, visited Roll Call recently to discuss his campaign. With $2.6 million in the bank at the end of March, he has hired Mike Slanker as general consultant, Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies as pollster, Scott Howell for media and Majority Strategies for direct mail.

Competing in Iowa?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who is scheduled to formally kick off his presidential campaign this week, recently announced his Iowa leadership team.

The group that will help Romney compete in the first-in-the-nation caucus state includes former Iowa GOP Chairman Brian Kennedy, state Rep. Renee Schulte, Polk County GOP Organization Chairwoman Connie Schmett, GOP activist Alan Lucken, former state GOP Central Committee Member Rose Kramer and former Pottawattamie County GOP Chairman Steve Cates.

“Our Iowa team represents a strong collation of leaders and activists who have spent years serving their community,” Romney said. “I am honored to have their support and look forward to working with them as we advance our pro-growth, pro-jobs message across Iowa.”

Florida, the Real Treasure State

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced new additions to his Florida finance team. Phil Handy will serve as Florida chairman and national finance co-chairman of Pawlenty’s presidential campaign, and Justin Sayfie will serve as a Florida co-chairman.

They join Ann Herberger, Pawlenty’s national senior finance adviser, and Gretchen Picotte, his Florida finance director.

Handy served on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign as Florida chairman and national co-chairman. He was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign chairman in 1994 and 1998 and co-chairman in 2002. Handy was chairman of the Florida Board of Education for six years and twice appointed by President George W. Bush as vice chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences.

Before founding the government relations firm Blosser & Sayfie in 2001, Sayfie was a senior policy adviser, spokesman and chief speechwriter for then-Florida Gov. Bush. He also runs the popular Florida site SayfieReview.com. Sayfie was a fundraiser for President Bush’s 2004 re-election.

Pawlenty also named Nicole Schlinger to his team. She is a veteran  fundraiser and worked for Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign in Iowa.

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