After three years leading communications at the state party, former Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff has signed on with President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to serve as Florida press secretary, the St. Petersburg Times first reported.
Jotkoff previously served on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, on the Congressional staff of former Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.), on the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and as a spokesman on state party Chairman Rod Smith’s unsuccessful 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
Shifting Focus up the Coast
In a new round of staff turnover, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman announced four new additions to his presidential campaign’s senior staff and a reassigning of staff from his Orlando headquarters to New Hampshire, a state critical to his path to the nomination.
Ann Herberger, a senior finance adviser for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s now-defunct presidential campaign, signed on as senior finance director. Herberger worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008 and “served as the Bush family fundraiser ... in Florida for the past 13 years,” according to the release.
Former Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas), who has advised or co-chaired several presidential campaigns over the past 20 years, was brought on as campaign chairman. Ben Porritt, a national spokesman and senior adviser for the McCain/Palin 2008 campaign, was hired as senior adviser for communications. Porritt is a partner at Outside Eyes, a consulting firm specializing in public strategy and crisis management.
The campaign also hired Sarah Crawford Stewart as New Hampshire senior adviser. Stewart is another former Pawlenty staffer, serving as his New Hampshire campaign manager. She was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s deputy campaign manager in New Hampshire leading up to the 2008 GOP primary and is a co-founder of B-Fresh Consulting, a Manchester, N.H.-based firm.
Barbour at a Crossroads
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s addition to the American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS team last week led the groups to double their original combined fundraising goal of $120 million for the cycle.
The conservative super PACs raised $71 million last cycle in political and issue advocacy efforts, and they have already raised more than $24 million this year — one-tenth of their new goal of $240 million by the end of 2012.
Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, joins Karl Rove in helping the group meet its goals.
“Both Gov. Barbour and Karl Rove are prodigious fundraisers and brilliant strategists, and we are honored to have them both engaged with us, said Steven Law, president of the two groups.
His Own Operative Now
After helping Democrats run for office for years, a political operative in New Hampshire is stepping up to make a bid for elected office himself.
Colin Van Ostern is a former Iowa spokesman for the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party and campaign manager for Ann McLane Kuster’s New Hampshire Congressional campaign in 2010. Now he’s running for the New Hampshire Executive Council, a body that provides a check on the governor’s power.
New Additions to the Rodeo
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie announced several new additions to the party team.