Shop Talk: Making a Lizst, Checking It Twice

Posted April 1, 2009 at 6:08pm

Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research has hired Matt Hogan to be its new vice president.

[IMGCAP(1)]Hogan, who will oversee the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, most recently served as the media and polling coordinator for the Midwest region on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Before he hit the campaign trail, Hogan worked for five years at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

“Jeff Liszt and I are very excited to bring in someone of Matt’s caliber and believe he will be a real asset to our team,— John Anzalone said.

Anzalone Liszt Research polls for two Senators — including freshman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) — and 19 House Members, plus the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The group recently worked for Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, who won a crowded Democratic primary in the Illinois 5th district special election last month and is all but certain to be the victor of next week’s special election.

Mike Check. The Obama campaign’s director of special projects, Mike Moffo, has joined the communications firm SS+K as its new vice president.

Moffo managed the intersection between the field campaign and new media operations on President Barack Obama’s campaign, including the online voter database “Houdini— and the Vote for Change registration Web site. He worked on the Obama campaign for two years, during which time he collaborated with SS+K.

“D.C. is, in some ways, the basis of that change and a great place to be for existing clients for SS+K and also for new clients who are looking to take that step,— Moffo said in an interview.

Moffo is a veteran of 18 different campaigns all over the country. He served as New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s (D) director of strategic planning in his 2005 gubernatorial race and worked for two years on Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign, including time as a field director in Arizona.

Moffo will open the Washington, D.C., office for the firm best known for the campaign behind cyclist Lance Armstrong’s “Livestrong— yellow bracelets and putting musician Bono’s face on the front of the ONE Campaign.

Moffo said he wears at least two of those famed rubber bracelets.

“I have a black Obama wristband that I still wear and then I wear the white ONE wristband,— he quipped.

New Faces at New Partners. The new giant Democratic consulting firm New Partners is continuing to expand, picking up four new employees to add to their 20-person office.

Taylor West, who recently served as now-Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) campaign spokeswoman in 2008, is joining the firm’s communications department. Prior to working for Udall, West did communications and research for the successful gubernatorial campaigns of Democrats Chet Culver in Iowa and Tim Kaine in Virginia during 2005-2006 cycle.

Dan Monico will join New Partner’s finance department. Monico was a finance associate for the Democratic National Committee’s Committee for Change and served as deputy national finance director for John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) Senate campaign.

Ian Mandel will join the research department, following his work as research director at Progressive Accountability and working for Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative aide.

Arkansas native Elizabeth Manney will support the burgeoning new firm as an assistant. She was a field organizer for Obama’s campaign in Florida and previously worked for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

The four new employees will support eight partners, four of whom came from the former firm Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, which disbanded earlier this year.

Four for Fighting. The Democratic consulting firm 4C Partners — headlined by four former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffers — has hired more helping hands.

Laura Gillette has been put to work as a director of operations, Brigette Workman as an associate and Aaron Berkowitz as an assistant for the new firm. The new hires will assist partners Nicole Runge, Brian Smoot, Casey O’Shea and Seth Pendleton.

The firm also announced that it plans to begin working in its new Washington, D.C., office space next week in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

Suddenly Suzan. The only announced challenger to Rep. Dave Reichert, former Microsoft Executive Suzan DelBene (D), announced she has hired several staffers to guide her campaign.

Kelly Evans and Dan Kully will be managing her effort, according to an e-mail message from DelBene’s campaign. Evans managed Gov. Christine Gregoire’s 2008 re-election bid, while Kully comes from the firm Laguens Kully Klose Partners, where he worked on successful Congressional races in Connecticut and Idaho.

Another Gregoire alum, Tracy Newman, will serve as finance director, along with Chris Farrell, a former staffer for President Barack Obama’s campaign. DelBene also writes that Krystal Wood will be her campaign coordinator.

A-Rodd’s New Game. Communications firm MSHC Partners has picked up Rodd McLeod as its new vice president for client services.

McLeod most recently served as a regional political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2008 cycle, when House Democrats picked up a total of 24 seats. He also managed Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s (D-Ariz.) successful first campaign in 2006.

Yowser, It’s Howser. At the beginning of what will likely be his toughest re-election challenge yet, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has reportedly tapped veteran consultant Jay Howser to be his campaign manager.

The Associated Press reported that Dodd has hired Howser, who in recent cycles has helped re-elect Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and elect Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.).

Dodd has come under fire for receiving mortgage deals, his quixotic 2008 presidential campaign and his leadership of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee during the economic crisis. Senate Republicans have made Dodd a top target and already have two candidates who have announced they are running against him.

Good Morgan. The executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, Christian Morgan, announced he is leaving the state party for other ventures.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it sure was fun and extremely rewarding,— Morgan wrote in an e-mail.

A political operative on the rise in the Sunflower State, Morgan also managed an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 2006 against Kathleen Sebelius (D), who is on track to be confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary.

Hynes Online. Veteran GOP Internet consultant Patrick Hynes has launched his own online consulting shop in Washington, D.C., and Portsmouth, N.H.

Hynes Communications plans to assist business and advocacy clients with their online strategies, including new media and social networking services and blogger outreach, according to a release from the new firm.

Hynes emerged several years ago as one of the more prominent conservative bloggers on the Internet. He has advised Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) Straight Talk America political action committee, plus several other candidates.

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