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Shop Talk: Moran Closes In on NRSC Executive Director

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Moran is strongly considering at least three candidates for the executive director position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

New Hampshire Republican strategist Mike Biundo plans in January to open a Manchester, N.H.-based political consulting shop called RightON, according to New Hampshire television station WMUR.

Biundo was a top aide on former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign. After that campaign ended, he joined Mitt Romney’s campaign. Prior to national politics, Biundo was an operative to outgoing Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H.

Two other Guinta aides, Kory Wood and Derek Dufresne, will team up with Biundo, according to the report.

The new firm will be involved in both state and national politics in the coming cycles, along with business and issue advocacy.

Show Me the Votes in 2014

Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders named Joe Duffy the new executive director of the state party.

Duffy was a “top official” in Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election campaign, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper reports that he worked for Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa campaign.

“Joe’s experience with a range of Democratic candidates and officials will help us as we plan for the 2014 election cycle,” Sanders said in a written statement. “Joe is ready to continue building our party at all levels.”

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