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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.

OnMessage Inc. has brought on Joanna Burgos, a top House Republican campaign operative, according to a forthcoming announcement from the GOP consulting firm shared first with CQ Roll Call.

In 2012, Burgos managed millions of dollars in campaign spending as director for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure unit. She was the first female and Hispanic operative to do so. Before that, Burgos served as a spokeswoman for the NRCC, the 2008 Republican National Convention and the Department of Homeland Security.

“House Republicans wisely put Joanna Burgos in charge of the majority’s re-election last year and we are confident our clients will trust her with their own elections,” Curt Anderson, a senior partner with the firm, said in a statement scheduled for release Tuesday. “Joanna is a savvy manager, a fantastic writer and bright strategic mind — she makes us better at everything we do.”

OnMessage, a media, polling, digital and general consulting firm, has played a leading advisory role to the NRCC since 2009. Its client list includes 21 House members, two senators and four governors.

Earlier this year, former NRCC Executive Director Guy Harrison joined the firm. Other OnMessage partners include Brad Todd, Wes Anderson, Graham Shafer and Timmy Teepell.

Mercury Rising With Wiley, Walker

The bipartisan political strategy firm Mercury announced Monday the hire of two political operatives, plus an expansion of its presence in Florida.

Former Republican National Committee Political Director Rick Wiley and 2012 Obama Florida State Director Ashley Walker are the firm’s newest staffers.

Wiley will have the title of Washington managing director. Walker will hold the same title of Mercury’s “Florida operations” and “will also co-lead a new joint venture for the firm in the Sunshine State,” according to a press release.

The press release also notes that Mercury has joined with the firm Floridian Partners and “will operate under the Mercury brand.”

Great Scott! (And Jeff!)

Veteran GOP operatives Jeff Burton and Scott Kamins announced last week the formation of their new government and public affairs firm Burton Kamins Advocacy.

A former deputy executive director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, Burton managed the Young Guns program for candidate support and recruitment. Before that, he served as a senior adviser to then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. He was also chief of staff to Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas.

Kamins was most recently with Prime Policy Group, a subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm. He previously served as deputy chief of staff and director of government affairs at the Republican National Committee as well as in the State Department during President George W. Bush’s second term.

Book-ing Up More Talent

Newark Mayor Cory Booker recently hired Kevin Griffis, a Democratic operative specializing in communications, for his political team.

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