Shop Talk: In the Hands of Justin

Posted December 2, 2009 at 6:36pm

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan (D) has hired Justin Schall to be his campaign manager in his nationally targeted race against Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.).

[IMGCAP(1)]Schall had signed on to run the Senate campaign for Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) until the Congressman abruptly abandoned his primary challenge to appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) upon President Barack Obama’s request. Before Israel, Schall ran Rep. Eric Massa’s (D) successful campaign for New York’s 29th district and worked on the advance team for now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Callahan has also tapped a former fundraiser for freshman Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Leora Rothenberg, to manage the fundraising for his campaign.

Jef Pollock of Global Strategy Group will do polling for Callahan, while Jim Crounse of the Mack Crounse group will do direct mail. John Rowley of Fletcher Rowley and Riddle will do media for the Democratic candidate, according to the Callahan campaign.

Lost in Space. Two of the Republicans looking to take on Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio), 2008 GOP nominee Fred Dailey and state Sen. Robert Gibbs, have put their campaign teams together.

Gibbs has tapped Ryan Stenger of the Ohio Political Network to be his general consultant. A fundraiser for former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), Erin O’Donnell, will serve as a finance consultant for Gibbs’ campaign.

Wes Anderson of OnMessage, who often polls for the National Republican Congressional Committee, will do surveys for Gibbs, while Jeff Norwood of Anthem Media will manage the candidate’s media campaign. Gibbs will use Majority Strategies for his direct-mail operation.

Dailey, a former state agriculture director who lost to Space by 20 points last year, has tapped Matthew D. Parker & Associates to be the general consultants for his bid. The firm’s namesake and founder, Parker, was a top aide to former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and served as campaign manager for Rep. Bob Latta’s (R-Ohio) special election victory in 2007.

Muskingum County Republican Stephanie Hill will manage Dailey’s race. Rex Elsass of the Strategy Group will do media for Dailey’s bid, while Trebor Worthen and Fount Holland of Majority Designs will do direct mail. Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies will perform polling, and Phil Vangelakos of Brushfire Digital will be the new media consultant.

Dakota Fawning. State Rep. Blake Curd has picked Joshua Shields to be the campaign manager for his bid against Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.).

A native of Rapid City, S.D., Shields worked for Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on both of his Senate races and then served as legislative assistant for two years for the South Dakota Senator on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Shields was the policy and research director for former Rep. Bob Schaffer’s (R) failed bid for Senate in Colorado before working on Capitol Hill for a second time as Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R-Miss.) legislative assistant for commerce committee issues.

What a Mighty Good Manan. Iraq War Veteran Manan Trivedi (D) has collected his consulting team for his bid in Pennsylvania’s 6th district, where Rep. Jim Gerlach’s (R) departure to run for governor has created an open race for his seat.

Trivedi has tapped Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners to do polling, according to his campaign. Anil Mammen of the Mammen Group will do mail for Trivedi, while Bhavna Pandit of Pandit Strategic Consulting will perform national fundraising duties for his campaign.

Daren Berringer of the firm 3D Political, who has advised Pennsylvania Reps. Tim Holden (D) and Patrick Murphy (D) on their respective victories in 2002 and 2006, will handle Trivedi’s media.

Is This Mike On? Veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy has joined former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s (R) bid for governor of California.

According to the campaign, Murphy will work closely with Whitman’s other two senior advisers, Henry Gomez and Jeff Randle, as well as campaign manger Jillian Hasner, to comprise the campaign’s senior leadership team.

Murphy was a senior strategist for Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign in 2000, for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial bid in 2003, as well as more than two dozen other successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns.

Whitman is in a contentious June GOP primary with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and ex-Rep. Tom Campbell.

From Russia, With Love. What does former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) have in common with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin?

His consulting firm: Dresner, Wickers and Associates, according to the firm’s Web site.

Kicking App. Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan (D) has hired a former top press aide to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Linden Zakula, to be her press secretary for her campaign against the presumptive GOP nominee, Rep. Roy Blunt.

Carnahan also tapped Shorr Johnson Magnus to manage her media and Hart Research Associates to do her polling.

Carnahan also unveiled a series of applications for mobile devices this week as part of her bid. The program will work on all BlackBerry and iPhone devices.

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