Oliver Twist. Service Employees International Union Communications Director Ramona Oliver has left the organization to start her own firm, Winning Over Washington Strategic Communications. Oliver reports that her clients will include SEIU and some Democratic candidates, as well as other organizations.
Oliver had been with the organized labor group since late 2008, when she left her post as communications director for EMILY's List. Prior to EMILY's List, Oliver worked with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and served as communications director for the Democratic Governors Association.
Shades of Grayson. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a lightning rod known for his controversial comments on the House floor, has tapped one of the chief spokesmen for liberal causes to advise his campaign.
Trevor FitzGibbon of FitzGibbon Media and his brother, Senior Account Executive Blair FitzGibbon, have worked with an array of cause celebs, from Bruce Springsteen to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and most famously, MoveOn.org.
Grayson is one of the most outspoken and controversial liberals in the House, despite the fact that President Barack Obama carried his central Florida district with only 52 percent of the vote.
Growing Up Brady. Rep. Kevin Brady's (R-Texas) deputy press secretary, Ryan Tronovitch. is leaving his position to take a job at the Republican National Committee. Tronovitch will serve as a regional press secretary at the RNC, which has undergone a major management shake-up in recent weeks because of a spending scandal.
Tronovitch, however, is no stranger to the committee. He served as communications director for the RNC Victory Program during the 2008 presidential campaign. The upstate New York native started his tenure on Capitol Hill as a staff assistant in Rep. Mike Pence's (R-Ind.) office before working for then-Rep. David Davis (R-Tenn.), who was defeated in a primary last cycle.
Do I Haaften? Rep. Brad Ellsworth's (D-Ind.) last-minute switch to leave behind his GOP-leaning district to run for the Senate left Democrats with big shoes to fill in his competitive southern Indiana House seat. But Democrats quickly consolidated support behind state Rep. Trent Van Haaften, who has now acquired some of the top consultants in the business to help him with his campaign against the likely GOP nominee, surgeon Larry Bucshon.
Haaften has tapped John Lapp to do his media, Jim Crounse to do his mail and Fred Yang to do his polling. Yang and Crounse also worked with Ellsworth.
He's a Bolar, Shot Caller. Rep. Steve Scalise's (R-La.) spokesman, Luke Bolar, has left Capitol Hill to join the re-election campaign of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).
Bolar will serve as the chief spokesman for Vitter after working for Scalise since he won a 2008 special election. Bolar, a native of Iowa, also worked in the press office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) for a few years.
Is This Mike on? Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.) has tapped his Brooklyn office director, Jonathan Yedin, to run his re-election campaign. Yedin will take a leave of absence from his official duties to serve as campaign manager for McMahon, who is in a competitive race for re-election.
Yedin is also the former director of the Kings County Democratic Committee and served as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's Brooklyn field director during her 2008 presidential campaign.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.