McCann will be the new campaign manager for Romanoff, above.
America Rising, a GOP opposition research firm, unveiled a host of new hires Monday as it expands for the 2014 and 2016 cycles.
The new staffers are:
Vice President for State and Local Research Initiatives Amanda Iovino
Vice President for House Research Alexandra Angel
Vice President for Video and Tracking Operations Aaron Baer
Vice President for Special Research Projects Tim Killeen
Senior Research Analyst, House, Dan Knight
“The America Rising LLC leadership team brings years of diverse research experience to the field in 2014,” the group’s president, Joe Pounder, stated. “Because of their work already, America Rising’s operations extend from D.C. to Anchorage as we track more than 50 campaigns to date.”
Establishment Strikes Back in Iowa
The Iowa Republican Party elected a new central committee over the weekend, ushering in a new group of members with broader ideological backgrounds and sweeping out libertarian members who ran the committee since 2012.
The 16-member central committee serves as the governing body of the state party, and its decisions have broad implications for the party’s direction.
Some Iowa Republicans complained that the old libertarian group did not listen to the concerns of the grass-roots activists as a whole, and mismanaged the party’s finances. GOP operatives in Iowa said frustration with that group of leaders led to the April 26 central committee changes.
“They will restore credibility to the Republican Party of Iowa,” Tim Albrecht, a Republican operative in Iowa, said of the new makeup of the committee. “They will work for all potential candidates, they will work with all county and local activists and they are going to offer a robust party organization that is capable of administering the caucuses in 2016.
“The same could not be said for the leadership that’s been in place for the past two years,” he added.
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.