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Shop Talk: Newt Up in Polls and Staff

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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has added new staff to his presidential campaign infrastructure as his poll numbers remain high.

Soltz, an Army major, has returned after being deployed to Iraq early this year. Former Minnesota Congressional candidate Ashwin Madia, a fellow Iraq War veteran, had served as interim chairman this year and becomes a senior adviser with Soltz back at the helm.

“Now we move on to 2012,” Soltz said in a statement. “One of [the] things I’ve seen upon my return is just how tough things are for veterans coming home. It’s always been tough for veterans, but given the state of the economy and our politics, now is even tougher for veterans and military families.”

He added, “This could very well be the year of the veteran.” 

Weigler Joins Growing Firm

Strategies 360, a Seattle-based Democratic public affairs company, has hired Oregon Democratic consultant Jake Weigler as communications director in its Portland office.

Weigler was a principal at Grant Park Strategies in Portland, most recently working as a consultant for Oregon 1st district special election candidate Brad Avakian. Weigler’s previous work for Oregon Democrats included serving as campaign manager for Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2010 re-election and Steve Novick’s unsuccessful 2008 Senate bid. He also was spokesman for former Gov. Ted Kulongoski. 

Ariz. Strategist Reaches Summit

Arizona Republican strategist Brian Murray has joined the Phoenix-based Summit Consulting Group.

Murray most recently served as partner at Lincoln Strategy Group in Phoenix. He previously served as an aide to former Arizona Reps. Rick Renzi and J.D. Hayworth and as executive director of the Arizona GOP.

The Summit Consulting Group is a full-service firm providing campaign, public relations and corporate affairs services. 

Galloway on the Grid

CampaignGrid, an online advertising platform for campaigns, announced it has hired John Galloway.

Galloway, who served as president of Atlantic Media until 2009, joins the online campaign solutions firm to help manage the company’s rapid growth and expansion of its voter-targeting platform to advertisers in the advocacy and
corporate-branding sectors.

Galloway most recently served as senior adviser to Jeff Zients, the first federal chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget. 

Coppersmith Joins Scott Circle

Scott Circle Communications announced last week the hiring of Sarah Coppersmith as senior account executive, creating media strategies and social media campaigns for clients.

Coppersmith is a Capitol Hill veteran, having served as press secretary for then-Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.), as well as research director for his 2008 re-election. The graduate of Washington University in St. Louis most recently served as communications manager at the Partnership for a Healthier America.

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