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GOP Firm Picks Up Another NRCC Staffer

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Christie, above withdrew his support for Bill Stepien, the governor’s preferred chairman candidate, at a news conference last week. As of now, he hasn’t announced a new nominee.

Democratic operative Tyrone Gayle announced last week that he was leaving his gig as the associate director for communications at the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Gayle began work on Monday as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s deputy national press secretary and African-American media adviser.

Gosar Aide Launches 60 Plus Chapter

Apryl Marie Fogel, senior adviser to Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., plans to leave Capitol Hill in February to launch the 60 Plus Association’s Alabama chapter. She will be based in Birmingham, Ala., as a state director. Fogel handled Gosar’s communications operation; as a result of her move, Garrett Hawkins has been promoted from press aide to press secretary.

FP1 Hires New Vice President

Ricky Diaz will join FP1 Strategies in February as vice president. Diaz has worked on some high-profile campaigns, including North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr’s 2010 re-election.

Republican Opens Messaging Firm

GOP operative Gretchen Hamel has opened the doors to a new “boutique messaging and communications firm” called Highline Strategies.

One of her first clients is former Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco, who launched his comeback bid for Congress in Texas’ 23rd District last year.

Hamel “will continue to advise” her previous firm, Public Notice.

Ex-Campaign Aide Runs for Pa. House

Vince Rongione, a former campaign aide to then-Reps. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., and Christopher Carney, D-Pa., announced his campaign for the state House last week. He is challenging Republican state Rep. Nicholas A. Micozzie.

Hudson Hires New Spokesman

GOP communications operative Robert Reid recently signed on as communications director to Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. Reid worked on Mitt Romney’s North Carolina and Ohio campaigns in 2012. Reid comes to Hudson’s office after a stint as press secretary for Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C.

Nathan L. Gonzales, Niels Lesniewski and Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. Please send news of developments in the political industry to shoptalk@rollcall.com and follow us on Twitter @RCShopTalk.

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