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.
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.
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