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Shop Talk: Operatives Join Congressional Offices

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Warren has hired Mindy Myers as her chief of staff. Myers managed the Massachusetts Democrat’s Senate campaign.

Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris Devaney was re-elected to a third term Saturday after running unopposed, the AP reported. Devaney, formerly the party’s executive director, is a former Hill staffer to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and former Sens. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.

On the Democratic side of Tennessee politics, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that state Rep. Sherry Jones is the fourth Democrat to make a bid to run the state party. Other declared candidates include: state party Treasurer David Garrison, ex-party spokesman Wade Munday and Nashville attorney Ben Smith.

Whoever wins the post has much work ahead — the GOP controls supermajorities in both statehouse chambers.

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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe continues to hire talent for his 2013 Virginia gubernatorial campaign.

Last week, he named Nancy Rodrigues as his treasurer. She previously served as secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections and has worked on a state safe-driving campaign.

Fred Yang and Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research have also signed on to the campaign, along with Saul Shorr, Andrea Johnson and Adam Magnus of Shorr Johnson Magnus Media.

Barring any forthcoming primary challenges, McAuliffe is likely to face Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the general.

Please send news of developments in the political industry to shoptalk@rollcall.com.

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