McGee’s top two party priorities over the next year are to hold the governor’s mansion and embattled Democratic Rep. John F. Tierney’s 6th District seat, according to a release.
Smoot, Tewes Form New Firm
Two former Barack Obama campaign staffers Julianna Smoot and Paul Tewes have formed a new Washington-based public and political affairs firm, the Smoot Tewes Group.
“From development and fundraising to strategy to day-to-tactics and implementation, we put together complete programs designed to do one thing: win,” a release stated.
The group formed in June but is officially launching this month.
Jindal Hires Former Romney Operative
Jill Neunaber has joined Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new national organization, America Next. She will serve as executive director for the group, which is technically a nonprofit that cannot make politics its primary purpose under IRS rules.
Most recently, Neunaber managed Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez’s special election for Senate in Massachusetts. Before that, she worked in New Hampshire and Iowa for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
More Discord in Iowa GOP
Another Iowa GOP central committee has called on state Chairman A.J. Spiker to resign, per The Quad-City Times. The Linn County Republican Party is the fourth county GOP central committee to call for Spiker’s departure. Cedar Rapids is the Linn County seat.
Spiker angered local Republicans when he decided to postpone the state’s 2014 convention date. The state GOP central committee reversed his decision in late September.
Spiker wrote a lengthy defense of his tenure in September and indicated that he had no intention to leave his position.
An Arizona Democratic consultant, Mario Diaz, announced last week his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board. The election will take place in November 2014.
State GOP Head Out of Intensive Care
Vermont GOP Chairman Jack Lindley’s health has improved. Several weeks ago, Lindley landed in the hospital for an undisclosed illness.
“He’s out of the ICU but still in the hospital,” a state party representative told CQ Roll Call on Monday.
Walsh’s Most Wanted
Democratic operative Michelle Mayorga recently joined Montana Lt. Gov John Walsh’s campaign for Senate, according to an email she sent to his supporters.
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.