The National Republican Senatorial Committee has signed up veteran GOP consultant Ron Bonjean for its independent expenditure unit.
Bonjean, a partner at Singer Bonjean Strategies and a former senior Capitol Hill aide, will handle communications for the side of the committee that manages consulting teams and tens of millions in media spending. He joined late last week, with two months to go in the midterm cycle, as Republicans push to pick up at least six Senate seats.
“It’s an honor to be part of a great team that is working overtime to achieve a Senate Republican majority,” Bonjean said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. Bonjean is stepping into a position unique to the NRSC. The other national congressional campaign committees generally utilize their communications directors and press secretaries to handle media for the IE side of the committee, which is separated by a firewall from the organizations' campaign-related operations.
Although Bonjean handles many corporate clients these days, he remains well-connected in the campaign and media worlds. In Congress, before starting up his firm, Bonjean served as chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference, communications director to then-Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and press secretary to then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
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