That Son-of-a-Gov.

Posted February 13, 2008 at 6:12pm

The Democratic Governors Association, which is headed by one son of a well-known politician, just hired another to be its deputy political director.

[IMGCAP(1)]Ray Glendening, son of former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening — himself a former DGA chairman — joined the organization earlier this month after a stint as deputy political director to the erstwhile presidential campaign of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D). Before that, he spent five years as a political operative at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The DGA’s executive director is Nathan Daschle, son of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

Glendening’s hiring was announced at the same time the DGA announced it was bringing in another veteran of Richardson’s campaign, Colleen Turrentine, as national finance director, a job she also held with Richardson. She has worked for America Coming Together, the New York State Democratic Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the campaign of former Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.).

Also brought over from the Richardson campaign was Paul Schnaitter, who becomes deputy finance director. The DGA also promoted Brinkley Serkedakis to deputy political director and Lindsay Baker to deputy finance director.

My Zeldin. Lee Zeldin (R), the 28-year-old Iraq War veteran who is challenging Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) in the Long Island-based 1st district, has begun to assemble a team of consultants. He is using John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates for polling, Matthew Schenk of HSP Direct for direct mail, and Cathy Blaney of Cathy Blaney and Associates — a firm with close ties to powerful New York Republicans such as former Sen. Al D’Amato and former Gov. George Pataki — for fundraising.

My Weiner Beefs Up. As if there was any doubt that he is planning a second run for mayor of New York in 2009, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) has tapped a new communications director with experience working for a citywide official in the Big Apple.

According to the political blog of the New York Daily News this week, Weiner has hired away John Collins from the office of New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum (D), where he served as press secretary. Gotbaum, the No. 2 elected official in the city, recently signaled that she does not plan to run for mayor next year, the newspaper said.

Collins replaces Glen Caplin, who left Weiner’s office recently for a job with Rubenstein Associates, the giant New York PR firm.

Taylor-Made to Win the West. Taylor West has joined Rep. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) Senate campaign as communications director.

West’s campaign experience includes stints on Iowa Gov. Chet Culver’s (D) successful 2006 campaign, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s (D) winning 2005 campaign, and Senate campaigns in Virginia and Georgia. Most recently, West served as communications director for Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) failed presidential bid.

Mrs. Hamrick, I Presume. Rachel Hamrick has joined the Democratic consulting firm Hildebrand Tewes to help lead its communications strategy department.

Hamrick’s husband, political strategist David Hamrick, also works at the firm.

Rachel Hamrick’s résumé includes stops at APCO Worldwide, a strategic communications and public relations firm; at the Delaware Democratic Victory 2000 Coordinated Campaign as deputy communications director; and at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Ropes & Gray as a practicing attorney. Hamrick also has worked at the United Nations and at the Carter Center at Emory University in Atlanta.

Who Is Your Daddy and What Does He Do? Adam Mendelsohn, deputy chief of staff and communications director to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), has joined the Sacramento, Calif., office of Mercury Public Affairs as managing director.

Also working out of MPA’s Sacramento office is former White House strategist Steve Schmidt, who acted as Schwarzenegger’s lead strategist in his successful 2006 re-election bid and has been serving as an adviser to Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid.

Mendelsohn previously worked as a public affairs consultant in the Washington office of DCI Group.

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today. Martin Hamburger has launched The Hamburger Co.: Campaigns with the Works, a strategic planning and communications firm.

Hamburger’s new political consulting firm is based in Washington and provides a full range of communications and advertising services.

Hamburger spent the past 11 years as a partner at Laguens Hamburger Kully Klose, a Democratic communications consulting firm based in D.C. Joining Hamburger at his new firm is Kelly Sullivan, whom he worked with at LHKK.

Fighting the Good Fought. Eric Fought has left his job as communications director for the Nebraska Democratic Party to run businessman Tony Raimondo’s Senate campaign.

Raimondo originally explored running for Senate as a Republican, but he recently switched parties and decided to run as a Democrat.

Tyson’s Corner. The Tyson Organization, a Democratic voter-contact firm based in Fort Worth, Texas, has opened an office in Washington.

TTO senior strategist Byron LaMasters is moving to D.C. to run the company’s Beltway office. LaMasters is the founder of the left-of-center blog Burnt Orange Report.

TTO advises clients on grass-roots advocacy and reaching out to voters. Those clients have included Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas), former Sen. John Edwards’ (D-N.C.) 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

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