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Shop Talk: House Political Arms Name Regional Directors

Johnson is a veteran of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Rep. John D. Dingell’s competitive 2002 campaign against another member. His wife is Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot.

The delegation makes no mention of Brewer in the letter. Brewer has led the state party since 1995 and was a longtime political operative to former Rep. David E. Bonior, D-Mich.

Link-edIn to Braley’s Race

Jeff Link, a Hawkeye State political operative for Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, since 2005, will continue to serve as a senior adviser for the Democrat’s Senate race. Link worked for Sen. Tom Harkin’s re-election campaigns in 1996 and 2002 and served as his chief of staff.

Mercury Rising

Mercury Public Affairs is opening a new office in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Charlotte News Observer. Russell Peck, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign manager in 2012, will head the new office. Peck is a former executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Louisville Sluggers

GOP operative Scott Jennings has partnered with Steve Bryant and Gary Gerdemann to form a Louisville, Ky.-based public affairs and public relations firm called RunSwitch PR. Jennings is a former senior adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and is a veteran of a number of recent presidential campaigns.

Moving to the Frontline

JDA Frontline picked up two new GOP hires last week:

Chris Billeter, a former NRCC operative, will be vice president of digital media.

Tommy Schultz will be a director of public affairs. He was part of the Republican National Committee’s New Hampshire campaign for Mitt Romney.

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