Jennifer Morris has joined Nyhus Communications, which provides public relations, public affairs and social media services for organizations working at the intersection of business, government and the community.
Morris is a former press secretary for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). She’s worked on statewide campaigns in Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana and Washington state, where she worked at the end of last cycle for GOP Senate nominee Dino Rossi.
Morris, who started two weeks ago, is based in Seattle but will frequently be back in Washington, D.C. As a public affairs account supervisor, she’s currently working on a number of accounts, including energy and financial services.
Rebuilding for 2012
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign named its staff leaders in North Carolina, a state he won by some 14,000 votes in 2008 and is targeting once again in 2012.
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Obama for America named Lindsay Siler as state director, Greg Jackson as state field director and Cameron French as state press secretary.
Siler had already been serving as state director for Organizing for America, the Democratic National Committee offshoot aimed at continuing the grass-roots work of Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Jackson also had held the same position at OFA, and French also worked on the campaign’s North Carolina efforts in 2008.
The News & Observer also reported that the campaign has opened offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville. The campaign’s state operation will also include a data director, digital director and regional directors.
Thompson’s Money Makers
The Macsata-Kornegay Group announced that it’s been retained by former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), who is running for Senate, to manage the fundraising efforts for his political action committee in Washington, D.C., and at the national level.
Amanda Kornegay will serve as fundraising consultant for Thompson’s national fundraising efforts.
“Amanda Kornegay and her firm have an established history of setting fundraising records, including Senator Burr’s 2004 campaign that bankrolled over $13 million and most recently in Nevada raising Sharron Angle over $27.7 million,” Thompson general consultant Darrin Schmitz said.
Digging for Dirt in the Bayou
Democratic consultant James Hallinan has moved to Baton Rouge to join the Louisiana Democratic Party as director of research and communications.
Hallinan, a veteran of New Mexico politics, is part of a new team hoping to turn around the party’s fortunes in the state.
“I look forward to helping Chairman [Buddy] Leach strengthen and rebuild the Democratic Party in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes,” Hallinan wrote in an email. “Under a new communications program, the Louisiana Democratic party will play an active and visible role in all 7 TV markets across the state and aggressively work to hold Republicans like [Gov.] Bobby Jindal and [Sen.] David Vitter accountable to the people of Louisiana.”
Hallinan’s New Mexico résumé includes stints as communications director for the state Democratic Party, as deputy spokesman on former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s (D) 2010 gubernatorial campaign and on the final stretch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign in the state.
He recently took some vacation time following a stint as spokesman on the special election campaign of Democrat Kate Marshall in Nevada’s 2nd district.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.