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Shop Talk: Top Democratic Consultant Moving Firm to D.C.

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Doug Hattaway, who worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, is D.C.-bound

Correction Appended

Democratic consultant Doug Hattaway told Roll Call he is moving his firm, Hattaway Communications, to Washington, D.C. The firm is moving from Boston into its new office Monday.

Hattaway most recently served as a senior communications adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He previously worked for then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and served as Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign spokesman.

Hattaway has been building up the firm since mid-2008 and has a core group of nine employees. That includes recent hire Jenn Larsen, who is leaving the D.C. firm APCO Worldwide.

Hattaway Communications focuses on politics, government, advocacy and philanthropy work, Hattaway said. He will also do some Senate and presidential campaign work going forward.

Musical Chairs for GOP Chairmen

Chairmen and operatives running Republican state parties across the country are turning over, and in the case of chairmen, the changes could have implications in the January vote for who will lead the Republican National Committee.

Indiana GOP Chairman Murray Clark announced earlier this week that he and Executive Director Kevin Ober would step down at the end of the year. Clark, an attorney, has served as chairman since early 2006, and Ober came on in 2007. Communications Director Trevor Foughty is also leaving. Foughty will become communications director for Rep.-elect Todd Young in January. If a new chairman is elected by mid-January, he or she will have a vote in the RNC chairman’s race.

In North Dakota, Stan Stein was elected Republican Party chairman over the weekend. Stein follows Carma Hansen and Tony Clark, who stepped in to finish Gary Emineth’s term when he resigned over the summer. A farmer who was the party’s vice chairman, Stein has served as district chairman for 10 years. Shortly after his victory, Stein said he’ll lean on fellow RNC members from North Dakota when deciding whom to support for RNC chairman.

Several chairmen have already been re-elected: In Tennessee, Chris Devaney was elected to his second term as chairman earlier this month. A longtime political operative who lives in Chattanooga, Devaney was elected chairman in May 2009. Devaney has endorsed former RNC Co-chairwoman Ann Wagner in her bid to lead the national party.

In Arkansas, Chairman Doyle Webb, a former state Senator, was recently elected to a second term. Webb has not committed to supporting an RNC candidate.

Matt Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, announced he would run for re-election in January and that he would support fellow Iowan and former RNC political director Gentry Collins for chairman of the national party. His counterparts in New Hampshire and South Carolina, two other pivotal early primary states, are not seeking re-election.

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