Speaker John Boehner on Monday announced he was retooling his political operation to better coordinate with the National Republican Congressional Committee and Republican National Committee to try to expand House Republicans’ majority.
The Ohio Republican announced the formation of Team Boehner. Under it, Freedom Project, his leadership political action committee, and Friends of John Boehner, his PAC, will work more directly with the NRCC and the RNC.
“With the White House and Senate in play and our new House majority to defend, there is much at stake in 2012,” Boehner said in a statement. “Team Boehner’s goal is to make sure that American families and small businesses understand that Republicans are listening to their priorities and concerns, and fighting on their behalf.
Boehner also announced several new hires, including Tom Whatman, who will serve as executive director of all of the Ohio Republican’s political operations. Whatman joins Boehner’s team after serving as CEO of the Strategic Public Partners Group. Chris McNulty has also been hired to serve as deputy executive director. McNulty, who most recently worked as Great Lakes regional political director for the RNC, will be tasked with working closely with the NRCC’s political team. Kevin McGrann and Caitlin Wohlfarth are heading up the effort as political director and finance director. Robyn Knecht is joining as deputy finance director after her work as finance director for Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.).
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.