EMILY’s List has hired Melissa Williams as deputy director of Women Vote!, where she will run the group’s Congressional independent expenditure program.
The group, which backs Democratic female candidates who support abortion rights, is already active this year, spending almost $200,000 this month on today’s special election in Oregon’s 1st district.
Williams, a Harvard graduate and D.C.-area native, most recently was a consultant for communications firm SS+K. She spent the previous four years at the Democratic direct-mail firm MSHC Partners.
Berman Staffs Up
California Rep. Howard Berman, who is engaged in a tough re-election battle with a fellow Democratic Member, has hired Allison Jaslow in his Congressional office.
Jaslow, who brings significant campaign experience, has held stints with the Virginia Democratic Party and EMILY’s List and worked as as a special assistant to the White House communications director and with former Reps. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.).
Jaslow, an Iraq War veteran, most recently served in the office of Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who is retiring.
Thanks to the state’s new independent redistricting commission, Berman is facing a bitter battle against Rep. Brad Sherman in the new San Fernando Valley-based 30th district.
A New Platform
Crossroads GPS has promoted Steven Duffield to vice president for policy.
Duffield, a former policy director and chief counsel to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), previously served as a policy adviser at the conservative issue-advocacy organization. According to his online résumé, Duffield is also founder of public affairs firm Endgame Strategies and a former policy adviser at the Republican National Committee.
The group announced Duffield’s promotion along with its “New Majority Agenda” issue platform, which includes “pro-growth tax reform” and replacing Democrats’ health care reform.
“We plan to educate millions of Americans on the New Majority Agenda and how it will strengthen our economy and financial health,” Crossroads GPS President Steven Law said in a statement.
Santorum Promotes Latham
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has named Jill Latham deputy campaign manager for his presidential bid.
Latham, daughter of Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), served as a senior adviser to the campaign in Iowa, where Santorum won the caucuses by a slim margin.
“When expanding our national team, there is no one who would better fit this role than Jill, because it was through her planning and diligence that we were able to craft the campaign to defeat both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the Iowa Caucus,” Santorum said in a statement.
Latham previously served as Iowa political director for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign, political director for the Wisconsin Republican party and on President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election.
Golden Statewide Race
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D) re-election bid is not among the top-tier races on the Senate landscape this year, but there is still a long list of Republicans hoping to take her on.
Among them is Elizabeth Emken, a conservative businesswoman and child advocate who ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2010. Roll Call previously reported she would name Mark Standriff her communications director, and Emken announced the rest of her campaign team last week.
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.