Sen. Rob Portman recently hired two new press secretaries.
Christyn Keyes, a former National Republican Congressional Committee staffer, will cover northern and east central Ohio, while Mike Haidet will work with media outlets in southern and west central Ohio.
Keyes left her job in the office of freshman Republican Rep. David Joyce, also of Ohio. Emily Miller, the outgoing communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., will replace Keyes in Joyce’s office.
N.H. Democratic Spokesman Heads To Shaheen Campaign
Harrell Kirstein left the New Hampshire Democratic Party last week to serve as communications director on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s, D-N.H., re-election campaign. In addition, Julie McClain left the office of Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and will take over for Kirstein as the state party spokeswoman.
The moves came days after former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., announced he was preparing to launch a challenge to the first-term incumbent.
Baucus Staffer Joins Montana House Campaign
Kathy Weber joined Democratic ex-Hill staffer John Lewis’ campaign for Montana’s open, at-large seat.
Weber, who started the gig in early March, previously served as a spokeswoman for former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who is now ambassador to China. Lewis is also a former Baucus staffer.
Democratic Operative to Run Texas Publication
The Texas Observer, a non-profit news organization, recently named Texas Democratic fundraiser Emily Williams as its new publisher.
“We were all impressed with her poise, knowledge of the Observer and extensive fundraising experience,” Texas Observer Editor Dave Mann said in a statement.
Williams was active in state politics and raised money for former Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson’s unsuccessful 2012 congressional comeback bid.
Wendy Davis Nabs Ex-Reid Staffer
Elsewhere in Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis recently named veteran Capitol Hill staffer Zac Petkanas as her new communications director.
Petkanas was formerly a communications director to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and spent 2012 as senior adviser to the Nevada state party. Earlier this cycle he worked on the launch of Democrat Michelle Nunn’s Senate campaign in Georgia, a top pickup opportunity for the party.
Davis’ campaign suffered from a turbulent relationship with the local press earlier this year.
Lowey Spokesman Joins Giffords Group
Democratic spokesman Mark Prentice recently left Rep. Nita M. Lowey’s, D-N.Y., office to become the press secretary for Americans for Responsible Solutions. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, founded the gun-control organization.
Soltis Anderson Leaves Firm
Kristen Soltis Anderson left her job last week as vice president at The Winston Group, a Washington-based opinion research and political communications firm.
The pollster, who joined the firm in 2005 and makes frequent TV appearances, plans to spend “the next few months focused full-time on a book project” and writing her weekly column for The Daily Beast, according to a note she sent colleagues. She also teased on Twitter “a few exciting opportunities that are underway.”
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