New National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) has filled three top positions at the GOP House campaign arm. Two are being given to NRCC holdovers from the 2008 cycle who are being promoted.
Sessions will announce Tuesday that Brian Walsh will serve as political director, while Ken Spain will be communications director and Mike Shields will be director of special projects.
Spain and Walsh both come from deputy roles at the NRCC in the 2008 cycle under outgoing Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) Spain as press secretary and Walsh as deputy political director. Shields has served as chief of staff to Rep. Dave Reichert, guiding the Washington state Republican to close wins in his competitive district in 2006 and 2008.
Brian Walsh and Mike Shields each possess the kind of political instincts and experience that make for a great strategist, and we look forward to putting this Committee’s political operation in their hands, Sessions said in a statement. Ken Spain is an excellent addition to the top-notch team that we are building at the NRCC. Ken adds a great level of intensity and aggressiveness that will help keep House Republicans on the offensive over the course of the next two years.
The NRCC is looking to play offense in the 2010 cycle after losing scores of House seats over the past two election cycles.
Sessions has already tapped his Congressional chief of staff, Guy Harrison, to be executive director and Johnny DeStefano, a top political aide to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), to serve as deputy executive director of the committee.