Before joining Brown on Capitol Hill after his January 2010 special election victory, Reed spent the first half of the 2010 election cycle as a deputy press secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Massachusetts native was dispatched to the Bay State in the closing weeks of Brown’s special election upset.
In the 2008 cycle, Reed worked in rapid response on the GOP presidential campaigns of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“Not only is he an excellent communicator, but as a Massachusetts native Colin understands the Bay State as well as anyone,” Brown said in a statement. “I know he will be a valuable asset to my re-election campaign.”
Hoping to Paint Michigan Red
Poised for a busy election cycle, the Michigan Republican Party hired Steven Ostrow as political director.
Ostrow served last cycle as the Mid-Atlantic regional victory director for the Republican National Committee, overseeing voter contact operations in six states and building a get-out-the-vote effort.
He also worked as political operations director for Steve Poizner’s unsuccessful California gubernatorial primary campaign against Meg Whitman and as a field representative for the Oregon and Nevada Republican parties.
“With the team, headed by new Executive Director Kim Jorns, we are in a position to maintain our solid majority in the state House, help elect rule-of-law, conservative justices to Michigan’s Supreme Court, defeat Sen. Debbie Stabenow and return a Republican — through Michigan — to the White House,” Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak said.
Blue Dogs Go Whalen
The Blue Dog Coalition’s political action committee hired Andrew Whalen to manage its political operation.
Whalen, who has held several positions with Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and most recently worked for his leadership PAC, is charged with overseeing candidate recruitment and the Blue Dog endorsement process, as well as expanding national grass-roots communications.
The Blue Dog Coalition was depleted last cycle, and its two current chairmen — Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) — are among the Democrats being targeted next year.
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Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.