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Shop Talk: OnMessage Hires Former Top NRCC Staffer Burgos

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Burgos is joining OnMessage Inc. after a stint at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Previously, Griffis worked with the Podesta Group and before that in the Commerce Department. He was President Barack Obama’s communications director during the 2008 South Carolina Democratic primary.

Booker leads New Jersey’s Democratic Senate primary in 2014, according to public polls. However, he will likely have a primary challenge from someone in New Jersey’s congressional delegation.

Come On Up for the Rising

Three former Republican National Committee operatives last week launched America Rising, an organization dedicated to tracking and researching Democratic opposition.

Matt Rhoades, Joe Pounder and Tim Miller will lead the effort, which is intended to counter American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research organization that boasted a banner cycle in 2012.

Rhoades is a former RNC research director who most recently served as Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager. Pounder has worked in the RNC’s research and communications departments. Miller is also an ex-RNC spokesman and worked on Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Dialing for Dollars Is Trying to Find Me

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., continues to staff her re-election campaign by bringing on two new aides: John Coady will serve as her finance director, and Erika Brees will serve as her state finance director.

Brees and Coady are veterans of another targeted incumbent’s re-election race: Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign in Missouri last year. Coady held the same title with the McCaskill campaign, while Brees was her Missouri deputy finance director.

This follows Hagan’s announcement earlier this month that she had hired Preston Elliott to be her campaign manager.

NRSC New Hires

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced two more hires last week: Brook Hougesen will be the new press secretary, and Sarah Morgan signed on as western regional political director.

Hougesen comes from the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., where she served as communications director. She spent the 2012 cycle at the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC and its sister organization, American Action Network.

Morgan was campaign manager for Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in the 2012 cycle and is a former staffer to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Shira Toeplitz and Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. Please send news of developments in the political industry to shoptalk@rollcall.com and follow us on Twitter @RCShopTalk.

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