Moran has served as chief of staff to former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke since April 2009, when she moved to the agency after three months as communications director in the White House. Moran previously served as executive director at EMILY’s List and as a corporate accountability coordinator at AFL-CIO. Moran handled independent expenditures at the DNC in 2004 and also directed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s issue advocacy campaign in 2000.
Hitting the Trail
Veteran Republican spokesman Doug Heye is heading to Iowa to help guide the communications efforts of the state party and Chairman Matt Strawn leading up to the Iowa caucuses and forthcoming debates.
Also in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced Thursday that state tea party Chairman Ryan Rhodes has joined her team as tea party outreach director.
Politico reported that Amanda Henneberg has joined former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign as a regional press secretary, with a focus on Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan.
Henneberg had served as communications director for Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) since joining his campaign late in the 2010 cycle. She previously worked at the Republican National Committee, for then-Gov. Charlie Crist’s Florida Senate campaign before he left the GOP primary, and for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Massachusetts Republican State Committee elected Bob Maginn chairman of the state GOP on Wednesday, replacing former Chairwoman Jennifer Nassour.
According to the Boston Globe, Maginn won easily and was the favored choice of presidential candidate and former Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. Scott Brown. Maginn is currently CEO of Jenzabar software company and previously was an executive at Bain & Co., where Romney once worked.
The transition is not so smooth at the Minnesota Republican Party, with Chairman Tony Sutton quitting on Friday amid a $581,000 debt, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
State party activists met Saturday and elected Kelly Fenton deputy chairwoman. Fenton will serve as interim chairwoman until a replacement for Sutton is found.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.