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Shop Talk: Markey Staffs Up for Senate Campaign

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Markey is staffing up in anticipation of a Senate special election.

Christie Roberts returns to the DSCC as deputy research director after serving last cycle as the research director for Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s re-election.

Achim Bergmann Baby

Achim Bergmann and Alex Zwerdling recently launched a new direct-mail and online communications firm called Bergmann Zwerdling Direct. “We’re a couple of recovering campaign managers who just want to win,” they wrote in a press release.

Bergmann has worked for the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Zwerdling is a former political director for House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and a veteran of the DCCC’s 2008 independent expenditure arm.

A New FLOTUS Operandi

SKDKnickerbocker has hired Olivia Alair, who was first lady Michelle Obama’s press secretary during the 2012 campaign. She will work in the company’s public affairs and crisis communications division.

Joshua Miller, Shira Toeplitz and Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. Please send news of developments in the political industry to shoptalk@rollcall.com.

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