Walter will direct the committee’s expenditures, which are expected to exceed $21 million for this cycle’s races, including lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and legislative.
Walter has worked as executive director of the New York Republican Party, campaign manager for New York Republican Rick Lazio’s gubernatorial campaign and get-out-the-vote operations director for freshman Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.).
Former Farmer Rejoins Wilson
Former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson hired Bryce Dustman to manage her Senate campaign.
Dustman served as the Republican’s chief of staff from June 2001 until she left office in January 2009. This year he served as chief of staff for Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.).
Before joining Wilson’s Congressional staff 10 years ago, Dustman worked for then-Sens. Jack Danforth (R-Mo.) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and then-Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.). He was communications director for the Republican grass-roots organization GOPAC from 1998 to 2000.
Dustman is a “farmer by vocation,” according to a Wilson release, and he ran his own farm for seven years before moving to Washington, D.C.
RNC Boosts Regionals
The Republican National Committee has hired two regional press secretaries.
Ryan Mahoney, who will focus on the West, came to the RNC from the Maryland GOP, where he served a dual role as communications director and political director.
Mahoney served as the Wisconsin Republican Party field director in 2009 and deputy communications director in 2008.
Focusing on the East is Ryan Tronovitch, who rejoined the RNC from Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) office, where he served as deputy communications director. Tronovitch served as the Midwest regional press secretary in the 2010 cycle, and he was North Carolina communications director for Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.
The new specialty media press secretary is Victoria Martinez, who spent the past four years working for former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), first as press secretary and later as district director.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.