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Jordan, a former deputy communications director at the Democratic Governors Association, replaces Eric Jotkoff, who announced Friday he was stepping down after three years with the party. Jotkoff said he is going to “relax and recharge” before announcing his future plans.

“Brannon will be a tremendous asset to our already strong team,” Smith said. “A Florida native, she is a seasoned and talented communicator who stands ready to hold Republicans accountable while promoting our party’s focus on restoring the economy and creating jobs.”

Before joining the DGA, Jordan served in the press offices of then-Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who ran for governor last year, and 2006 Florida gubernatorial nominee Jim Davis.

With the Republican National Convention in town next year, Jordan’s new job will have added significance in the party’s ability to combat the GOP’s messaging.

Santorum Adds Policy Wonk

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) named Jennifer Vesey Rossman senior policy adviser for health care and entitlement reform for his presidential campaign.

The Iowa native previously worked for Santorum for three years as legislative assistant for health policy and as director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy. Rossman, a graduate of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, has served as a consultant for medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers since 2007.

Ready and Willing

The Maryland Republican Party named state Del. Justin Ready as interim executive director while undergoing a search for a full-time executive director.

Ready held the same position from April 2008 to July 2009 and also has experience as a General Assembly staffer. He was elected to the state House in 2010.

Outgoing Executive Director Kim Jorns was hired for the same position in her home state of Michigan. Jorns previously served as finance director at both the Virginia and Wisconsin state parties.

Hauser Joins Labor Group

The AFL-CIO announced last week that Jeff Hauser will lead the labor union’s political media work heading into the 2012 elections. Hauser spent almost a decade working in various posts throughout the progressive movement, including director of media relations for MoveOn.org
Political Action, executive director at Majority Action and at Accountability Now and campaign manager for Dennis Shulman’s  2008 bid for Congress in New Jersey.

Hauser got his start in politics with Wesley Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign before serving as political director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and deputy campaign manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

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