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Shop Talk: Taking a Bite of the Big Apple

Veteran strategist Ed Rollins, who was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan, is serving as campaign manager. Ed Goeas, president of the Tarrance Group and a pollster for Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, will serve as Bachmann’s pollster and strategist.

Deputy campaign manager David Polyansky is a veteran of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign, as is press secretary Alice Stewart, who served in the same role for Huckabee. Senior policy adviser Brett O’Donnell served as director of messaging on the McCain campaign.

Keith Nahigian is the senior adviser for strategy and communications, veteran presidential campaign operative Bob Heckman is senior adviser for coalitions, and McCain campaign veteran Becki Donatelli is social media adviser. Mary Heitman and Jody Thomas are serving as national finance directors.

More Presidential Help

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign recently announced the hiring of Mark McIntosh as policy director.

McIntosh was an environmental attorney in President George W. Bush’s White House, serving as deputy general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as senior operations officer for the Pew Environment Group. Most recently, he served as counsel at Boyden Gray & Associates.

“He will be a tremendous asset in helping to shape the campaign and lead Jon Huntsman to victory,” campaign manager Susie Wiles said in a statement.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney named Brian Ballard Florida finance co-chairman for his presidential campaign.

Ballard served in the same position for Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign and for the Republican National Committee. In the late 1980s Ballard served as chief of staff for then-Florida Gov. Bob Martinez.

“Brian’s level of talent, expertise and enthusiasm characterizes what is needed to beat President [Barack] Obama in Florida,” Romney said in a statement.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) recently expanded the Iowa team for his presidential campaign.

The new additions include Steven Munoz, who will implement his Ames straw poll strategy. New field representatives are Betsy DeFord, Jake Braunger, Zack Garrison and Johnny Sublett.

“I am looking forward to working with them as we build the infrastructure and relationships necessary to win the First-in-the-Nation Caucus this February,” Santorum said in a statement.

Lorenz to Lincoln

Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Rogers announced appointing communications consultant and former journalist Brandon Lorenz as communications director. The state is home to one of the top Senate races of the cycle, with Sen. Ben Nelson (D) facing a difficult path to re-election.

“I look forward to shining a spotlight on the Senate candidates and their extreme attacks on Medicare and Social Security that put the health and financial well-being of thousands of Nebraska seniors at risk,” Lorenz said in a statement.

Lorenz, a Wisconsin native, most recently served as communications director on a special election campaign for Milwaukee county executive, a seat once held by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). Previously Lorenz worked for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, including working on research and communications for the 2010 Senate race. He also worked in the administration of former Gov. Jim Doyle (D).

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