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Shop Talk: Palmetto House Special Attracts Top Operatives

The National Republican Senatorial Committee named Chelsea Hawker as its new deputy political director under Ward Baker. Previously, Hawker worked at the RNC, Murphy Turner and Associates, and Majority Strategies.

Sparks Flying in New Jersey

The New Jersey Republican Party named Ben Sparks as its new communications director.

Sparks served as the Romney campaignís communications director in Wisconsin and previously worked on Gov. Scott Walkerís recall campaign. Sparks spent the 2010 cycle working for the Ohio Republican Party and Sen. Rob Portmanís successful campaign.

GOP State Leadership Staffs Up

The Republican State Leadership Committee rolled out its political and communications team Monday.

Former Romney campaign staffer John Loe joins the committee as assistant communications director under current Communications Director Jill Bader.

Micah Ketchel, a former National Republican Congressional Committee staffer, joins the RSLC as the new research and compliance director.

Neri Martinez will head up RSLCís Future Majority Project, while Will Martinez is set to lead the groupís .GOP initiative.

The announcement included two promotions: Matt Walter is the new managing director for political and communications, and Caitlin Reed was bumped to polling and data director.

Letís Be Frank About It

New Jersey Democratic operative Sean Darcy joined Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.ís political team, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Darcy spent part of 2012 on Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.ís successful member-vs.-member race against former Rep. Steven R. Rothman.

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