Majority Maintenance

Posted March 14, 2007 at 6:34pm

The communications shop at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has filled out, with a bevy of regional press secretaries and other deputies now on board to complement a staff headed by Communications Director Jennifer Crider and Press Secretary Doug Thornell. [IMGCAP(1)]

Kyra Jennings, formerly the communications director for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), is regional press secretary for the South.

Carrie James, formerly the communications director for the House Democratic Caucus, will serve as regional press secretary for the Northeast. James begins in April and is coming over from the domain of former DCCC Chairman and current Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.).

Ryan Rudominer, currently the communications director for Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), will soon assume his duties as regional press secretary for the Midwest.

And as reported last week, Fernando Cuevas, formerly the communications director for Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), is regional press secretary for the West.

Also joining the DCCC press office is Jack Pfeiffer, who will serve as deputy press secretary. Previously he was an account manager for DCS Political Online Communications. Sabrina Siddiqui, formerly of the Houston-based Outreach Strategists, is serving as assistant to the communications director.

Shutley Diplomacy. Julie Shutley is now working as a deputy communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, specializing in House races that feature GOP incumbents.

Shutley, who previously served as communications director to NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) in his Congressional office, held the same post for the Oklahoma Republican Party before moving to Washington, D.C.

Hildebrand Tewes News. Changes are afoot once again at Hildebrand Tewes, a Democratic consulting firm.

Communications strategist Anne Filipic is departing the firm to work with founding partner Paul Tewes in Iowa on Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) presidential campaign.

But headed in are Leah Johnson, Scott McConnell and Sarah Berns.

Johnson previously served as regional field director and press secretary for South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, the group that successfully overturned that state’s abortion ban at the polls in the fall. McConnell was a press assistant for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

Berns worked in the previous cycle as a deputy research director for now-Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) Senate campaign, as well as in the research department of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee prior to that.

Meanwhile, Hildebrand Tewes now has a dog in the Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial primary. The firm has signed on to provide field and communications consulting services to gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford (D), a wealthy businessman, and his running mate, Greg Stumbo (D).

Gosh Darn It, People Like Her. Meggan Ellingboe has been hired as deputy finance director by Minnesota Democrat Al Franken’s Senate campaign.

Ellingboe previously worked on then-Sen. Paul Wellstone’s (D-Minn.) 2002 re-election campaign.

Franken, a comedian and former talk-radio host, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the right to challenge Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) next year.

Down on Main Street. The Republican Main Street Partnership has added a few more former Members to its organization.

Joining the board of directors of the group of moderate Republicans are former Sens. John Danforth (R-Mo.) and Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), as well as ex-Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.).

Former Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), who, like Johnson, was defeated last year, is currently serving as president of the RMP.

Sweet Home Alabama. John C.M. Ross, an aide to Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), will take over as executive director of the Alabama Republican Party on March 19.

Ross currently serves as a district field representative for Aderholt and worked as a policy analyst on Alabama Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

Maryland Comings and Goines. Maya Goines has been named executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, Chairman Terry Lierman and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced jointly.

Goines comes to the party from the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C., where she served as senior campaign field coordinator. She began her political career as an intern in the office of now-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

A Hector of a Hire. Hector Barajas has been named communications director of the California Republican Party by new Chairman Ron Nehring.

Barajas has served in several positions for the state GOP, including press secretary, deputy political director, regional political director and Spanish media coordinator. Barajas replaces Patrick Dorinson, who just left to open his own public relations shop, PD Communications.