Does He Know The Aristocrats?
Capitol Hill speechwriter, author and funny man Jeff Nussbaum has a new gig.
Nussbaum has joined West Wing Writers, a group of former aides to President Bill Clinton who write for corporate, political and philanthropic clients, including Clinton.
Nussbaum started his high-profile career writing speeches for the Gore-Lieberman campaign. It was on to the office of then-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and then book writing with James Carville and then-Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) after that.
Nussbaum has a side business writing humor bits for pols with Eric Schnure and Dan Goor, who also writes for late-night comedian Conan O’Brien.
Nussbaum has been profiled by Rolling Stone and named “one to watch” by Details magazine.
All Hillary, All the Time. Gregg Birnbaum, the political editor of The New York Post, has established a one-stop shopping Web site for fans and foes of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).
The site, JustHillary.com, supplies information on Clinton’s Senate duties, her re-election campaign, her putative presidential campaign and more. It will tell you where Clinton is that day, and lists biographical information, notable Clinton quotes, and links to other relevant Web sites.
Morley, Safer in Maryland. Rep. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 2006 Maryland Senate race, has hired a campaign manager.
Cardin, who already has a full consultant team in place, has tapped Ken Morley to run the campaign’s day-to-day operations. Morley’s most recent campaign experience was as manager to now-Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) in her successful bid for an open seat in the Philadelphia area last year.
In the Thick of Things. Howard Consulting Group, a political, business and nonprofit public affairs agency that has been based for many years in Bethesda, Md., has moved.
The firm, run by Republican consultant Frank Howard — no relation to the baseball player of the same name who used to be known as “Capital Punishment” — has set up offices on K Street in Washington, D.C., and on State Circle in Annapolis.
“We’ve moved closer to the action!” the firm announced in a flier to interested parties.
DeVos Matt-ers. Dick DeVos (R), the heir to the Amway fortune who is looking to unseat Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), is getting some expensive free help.
Matthew Dowd, a chief strategist of the Bush-Cheney campaign, is volunteering his expert advice, the Detroit Free Press reported last week.
The DeVos campaign said he is serving as a senior adviser.
“This is the only campaign I’ll do in 2006, and I’m doing it unpaid,” Dowd, a family friend and Michigan native, told the paper. “I care about the guy, I think he’s a real decent person and the state needs someone like him.”
On the paid front, Greg McNeilly is serving as campaign manager and John Truscott has been named communications director.
McNeilly is a former Michigan Republican Party director and National Republican Senatorial Committee campaign media director. Truscott, founder of The John Truscott Group in Lansing, Mich., most recently helped freshman Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Mich.) navigate a crowded GOP primary to win the open 7th district seat last year.
No Stone Unturned. William Stone has joined @dvocacy Inc., a firm that specializes in online political organizing.
The former chief of staff to Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) signs on as executive vice president.
Re-Turnham Engagement. Failed Congressional candidate Joe Turnham was elected chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party last month.
Turnham, who narrowly lost a 2002 open- seat race to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), returns to the helm of the party he once led.
Turnham promised to “re-energize” the party as he was elected by acclamation, the Huntsville Times reported.
Cannon Fight. Utah Republican Party Chairman Joe Cannon had to fight for his third term as party chief last month.
Cannon, brother of Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah), and his vice chairwoman, former Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah), won with 51 percent of the vote each in their respective multiple-candidate races.
Expanding Latino Power. Regina Montoya has been tapped to lead the New America Alliance.
Montoya leaves WORKRules, a Texas-based work force training and media relations company, to assume the role as chief executive officer.
The group’s goal is to expand power and build wealth for the Latino community.
Luna Launched. Brad Luna was chosen to head up media relations for the Human Rights Campaign.
Luna worked on the unsuccessful Senate campaign of then-Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) last year.
Most recently he was with the public relations firm Chlopak, Leonard, Shechter and Associates in Washington, D.C.