Tom’s Team

Posted January 23, 2008 at 6:51pm

Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), running for Senate and aiming to oust Sen. Susan Collins (R) in November, has unveiled the campaign team he hopes will lead him to victory. Many of his advisers have previously worked for Democratic candidates in the Pine Tree State.

[IMGCAP(1)]Tad Devine, of Washington, D.C.-based Devine Mulvey, is Allen’s media consultant, a role he has played for the Congressman since 1994.

In 2006, Devine worked on winning Senate campaigns in Rhode Island, Florida and Vermont, as well as for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure effort in Missouri and New Jersey, states where the Democratic candidates also were victorious.

David Petts, of D.C.-based Bennett, Petts & Normington, is Allen’s pollster. Like Devine, Petts also has advised Allen since 1994, and in addition he has worked for other Maine Democrats, including Rep. Mike Michaud since 2002.

Ed Peavy, Adnaan Muslim and Amy Pritchard of Manchester, Conn.-based Mission Control are handling Allen’s direct-mail needs. They have previous experience working on campaigns in Maine. In the previous cycle, Mission Control advised then-Rep. Benjamin Cardin’s (D-Md.) victorious Senate campaign, as well as then-Rep. Ted Strickland’s (D-Ohio) winning gubernatorial effort.

Valerie Martin is serving as campaign manager. In the previous cycle, Martin worked on the successful campaign of now-Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and she previously served on a House campaign in Pennsylvania and a gubernatorial effort in Georgia.

Dan Coyne is serving as deputy campaign manager. Most recently, Coyne was the director of economic development and special projects for Allen, and previously served the Congressman as a legislative assistant.

Stephanie Clifford is serving as political director. Clifford worked as a regional field director for Maine Gov. John Baldacci’s (D) successful 2002 campaign and he previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. and former Maine Gov. Joe Brennan (D).

Paige Holmes is serving as field director for Maine and Massachusetts. Holmes managed a state Senate race in 2002 and volunteered on Baldacci’s first gubernatorial campaign.

Carol Andrews is the communications director. Andrews directed earned media communications in the previous cycle for then-Rep. Harold Ford Jr.’s (D-Tenn.) Senate bid and previously worked for Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D).

Michael Nutter is the Internet director. Nutter previously interned in Allen’s district office and helped design his Congressional Web site.

Tim’s Team. Tim Baldermann (R), the New Lenox mayor and Chicago Ridge police chief running for the 11th district seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.), has signed a full team of campaign advisers.

Glen Bolger, a partner and co-founder of the Republican, Washington-based firm Public Opinion Strategies, is Baldermann’s pollster.

Jonathan Poe, a partner with the GOP firm Anthem Media, and most recently the deputy political director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, is Baldermann’s media consultant. Anthem has offices in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tenn.

Aaron Leibowitz, a partner with the Alexandria, Va.-based Republican firm Targeted Creative Communications, is Baldermann’s direct-mail consultant.

Laura Anderson, president and CEO of Winning Systems in Elmhurst, Ill., is handling Baldermann’s Illinois fundraising, while Ashley Jordan of D.C.-based The Townsend Group, is directing the Republican’s effort to raise money from political action committees.

Andy Seré is serving as campaign manager. Seré previously has worked on state legislative races in Texas and Virginia.

Switch Hitters. GOP Convention Strategies, a side gig run by three veteran Republican operatives, is offering the complete consulting treatment for lobbyists and political activists looking to make the most of their trip to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

But by popular demand, the firm now is offering the same services for its clients who are also attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The firm’s principals include government relations executive Steve Knuth, who owns and runs St. Paul-based Public Affairs Co.; GOP political consultant Scott Cottington, who is based in Washington; and Darrell Henry, the vice president of government affairs and head of the Western Business Roundtable’s D.C. office.

This year’s conventions are being held back-to-back, with the Democrats meeting Aug. 25-28 and the Republicans gathering Sept. 1-4.

Let Freedom Ring. Ed Patru recently was hired as communications director at Freedom’s Watch, a conservative 527 organization that expects to be active in this year’s presidential contest and in House and Senate elections.

Patru comes to Freedom’s Watch from the staff of the House Republican Conference, chaired by Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.). Patru served as communications director for the Conference’s message team.

In the previous cycle, Patru worked in the press shop of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Price Is Right. Rep. Tom Price (Ga.) has been appointed to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s executive committee by NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.).

As a member of the NRCC’s executive committee, Price will be charged with aiding Cole in implementing the committee’s 2008 election strategy.

Price replaces now-Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.), who was a Member of the House until Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) appointed him to replace former Sen. Trent Lott (R), who resigned his Senate seat late last year.

Ryan’s Hope. Ryan Reger has been hired as campaign manager for former Rep. Mike Sodrel’s (R-Ind.) 2008 Congressional bid, according to The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal.

Reger has spent the past seven years as a field representative for Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

Sodrel is challenging Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) in November. It is their fourth race against each other. After losing to Hill in 2002, Sodrel was successful at ousting him in 2004 but was then beaten by Hill in their 2006 rematch.

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