NRCC Staffs Up Field and Press Shops

Posted December 5, 2003 at 6:02pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee added seven new faces to the committee staff roster in the past month, as it begins ramping up for next year’s elections.

All together, the committee has quadrupled the size of its press shop and added three new field representatives.

Rounding out the communications staff for the cycle are Bo Harmon, Chris Paulitz, Alex Burgos and Caitlin Carroll, all of whom have been hired to assist Communications Director Carl Forti.

Harmon has been hired as deputy communications director. He most recently worked for Direct Impact, an Alexandria, Va.-based GOP grassroots lobbying firm.

Last cycle, he ran Rep. John Linder’s (R-Ga.) successful primary campaign against then-Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), and then went on to manage the campaign of now-Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

He also held press jobs on now-Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) 2000 presidential campaign and in the office of Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), now the Senate Majority Leader.

Paulitz, meanwhile, joins the NRCC as press secretary after serving in the same capacity for Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) since 2001.

The operative’s previous work experience includes stints in the press offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, Republican National Committee and House Republican Conference.

Burgos, the NRCC’s new deputy press secretary, comes to Washington, D.C., from Miami, where he was a liaison in the city’s Department of Planning and Zoning. He has also worked for the U.S. State Department and for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

Communications Assistant Carroll most recently worked as a campaign manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, and did public relations work for the society in Los Angeles. Before that she was a general assignment reporter for the Palisadian Post newspaper in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

New to the NRCC’s field team are Ben Mitchell, Alfredo Rodriguez and Martin Baker, who were brought on board in November to coordinate the South, Southwest and Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions, respectively.

Mitchell returns to the NRCC to coordinate the South after recently managing the unsuccessful primary campaign of Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Hunt Downer (R). He last worked for the committee as a research analyst during the 2000 cycle.

In 2002, he managed the open-seat campaign of now-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and he has also worked on campaigns in Virginia, Arkansas and Florida.

Rodriguez, who will coordinate the Southwest this cycle, most recently managed a House of Delegates race in Northern Virginia.

Last cycle he managed former Judge Ramsey Farley’s (R) campaign against Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas). Farley took 47 percent against the incumbent.

Rodriguez has also worked as an aide in both the House and Senate, including a stint as a legislative assistant in the office of Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas).

Baker will coordinate the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the NRCC. He previously served as campaign director for the Republican Party of Virginia, where he coordinated the party’s activity in the 2003 legislative races.

In 2002 he managed the re-election campaign of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and in 2000 he was deputy campaign manager for now-Rep. Ric Keller’s (R-Fla.) first Congressional campaign.

He has also previously served as press secretary to GOP Reps. David Vitter (La.) and Dan Miller (Fla.).