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Shop Talk: Another Underdog for Gidley

“Mary Beth brings an enormous wealth of experience in national campaigns and we couldn’t be happier that she’s joining us,” senior strategist Bill Burton said in a statement. “As the election draws closer, her expertise in strategy and targeting will be invaluable in ensuring the President’s reelection.”

Cahill was hired last year as director of the United Auto Workers’ Washington, D.C., office and the UAW Community Action Program. Previously, Cahill was chief of staff to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), campaign director for the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration. She was also executive director at EMILY’s List.

Another Hoosier State Winner

After winning the May 8 Republican primary in Indiana’s open 5th district, former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks is expected to become the first Republican woman in more than 50 years to represent Indiana in Congress.

Leading her to victory over a crowded field, which included former Rep. David McIntosh, were general consultant Kevin Ober of Indiana-based Limestone Strategies, media consultant Rob Aho of BrabenderCox and pollster David Kanevsky of American Viewpoint.

The 5th, being vacated by retiring Rep. Dan Burton (R), is a safe Republican district. The Hoosier State could have two Republican women in Congress next year if ex-state Rep. Jackie Walorski is successful in winning the open 2nd district seat. Democrats are contesting that race, although it is an uphill battle for the party.

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