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Reynolds Taps Longtime Aide for NRCC

Mike Brady, chief of staff in the personal office of National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.), is slated to move over to the committee later this month to become director of strategic communications, a newly created position.

Brady has been a close confidant of Reynolds for nearly two decades. He took over as chief of staff when Reynolds became NRCC chairman in late 2002 and named then-Chief of Staff Sally Vastola as executive director of the committee. Brady had been the longtime communications director for the western New York lawmaker.

Vastola’s tenure with Reynolds dates back to 1985, when Reynolds was elected to the Erie County Legislature. Brady has been with Reynolds since his time in the New York Legislature, where he served from 1988 to 1998.

Meanwhile, in Reynolds’ personal office, Kirk Fordham is returning to the Hill to take the reins as chief of staff.

Fordham previously served for almost a decade as Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) chief of staff. Last year he left the Hill to become the finance director for the campaign of now-Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.).

Before going to work for Foley, Fordham worked for then-Rep. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) when he was in the House and on his successful 1994 Senate campaign.

Fordham is a native of Rochester, N.Y.

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