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Shop Talk: Holding Them at Bay State

The candidates running for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) seat have their consultant teams in place for the Dec. 8 primary and Jan. 19 special election.

[IMGCAP(1)]State Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) will use 4C Partners for fundraising and general consulting, GMMB for media and Celinda Lake of Lake Partners Research to do her polling for the race.

Rep. Mike Capuano (D) can credit his first TV advertisement of the election to his media consultant, Michael Shea of Michael P. Shea and Associates.

Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, who has considerable personal wealth he can put into his bid, has also put together his team for the short campaign. Doug Rubin, Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) 2006 campaign manager, media consultant Tad Devine and pollster Joel Benenson have signed on to work for the Bain Capital executive.

Land of Lincoln. The three Democrats running for President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat in Illinois have put together their consulting teams.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who announced his bid earlier this year, is using Eric Adelstein for media, Michael Bocia of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for polling, and Pete Giangreco and Terry Walsh of the Strategy Group to do direct mail for his campaign.

Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson will use Dane Strother of Strother Strategies and David Heller of Main Street Media for her campaign, along with Celinda Lake as her pollster and Bob Kettlewell of Platform Public Affairs as her Chicago communications director.

Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman has tapped Michael Powell, a former top aide to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), to be his campaign manager. Geoffrey Garin will do polling for Hoffman, while John Kupper of AKPD Message and Media — the firm founded by top Obama adviser David Axelrod — will do media for his campaign.

Markham Up the Bill. Susan Markham has joined the Campaign Workshop as a senior strategist. Markham was most recently the deputy political director at EMILY’s List, and has a résumé that boasts time as the finance director for the Ohio Democratic Party, director of Senate Services at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and campaign manager for four statewide races.

Joe Fuld, formerly of MSHC Partners, started the Campaign Workshop earlier this year. The firm offers direct mail, Internet and print advertising, and strategic consulting services.

The Grass Is Always Greener. Businessman Dick Green, one of the Republicans vying to succeed Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), has announced his consulting team. Revolvis Consulting will take the lead on Green’s campaign, with Jason Roe and Duane Dichiara serving as senior strategists.

Green has tapped the Victory Group, including Renee Dabbs and Adam Goodman, to do his television and also serve as senior strategists. PLK Consulting will handle Green’s fundraising.

State Rep. Beth Coulson, another leading GOP candidate in the race for Kirk’s seat, has also announced her team — which includes several operatives who have worked on her past campaigns. General consultant Jeff Davis of Victory Media Group, campaign manager Jen Belkov and deputy campaign manager Joseph Woodward have all worked on her previous campaigns.

Coulson has also hired Michael Gula of the Gula Graham Group to be her Washington, D.C., fundraiser, Sallie Nyhan of Nyhan, Daniels and Friends to be her district fundraiser and Christine Matthews of Bellwether Research & Consulting to be her pollster for the race. Maggie Heydt, a one-time aide to former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R), will serve as Coulson’s communications director.

Set In Granite. The New Hampshire Democratic Party has hired two more staff members for the 2010 cycle, which is expected to feature a competitive Senate contest and two hotly contested House races in the Granite State.

Press Secretary Derek Richer comes to the state by way of San Francisco, where he helped to open an office for the polling firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

Director of Operations Callan Maynard was town captain in Amherst, N.H., her hometown, for President Barack Obama’s 2008 primary campaign.

Hello, Idaho. The two Republicans vying to run against freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) in his conservative district have their campaign teams in place.

State Rep. Ken Roberts has tapped Scott Cottington to be his general consultant, Marsh, Copsey & Associates for media, Moore Information for polling, and Brad Shattuck of Strategic Impact to do his mail for the race.

Retired Marine Vaughn Ward has tapped Jonathan Poe of Rising Tide Media to do his media and general consulting, Erin Casey to his national fundraising and the Idaho-based Meridian Resources to raise money in state.

The Way the Halcro Flies. Republican Andrew Halcro has tapped the top pollster for former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to work for his primary campaign against longtime Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

Halcro has hired Dave Dittman of Dittman Research to do his surveys for his bid against the 19-term Republican.

Halcro, a local blogger and former radio host, brings the rest of his team from his 2006 gubernatorial bid as an Independent.

Willis Lyford of Lyford Strategy and Communications and Carolyn Robinson and Steve Rychetnik of SprocketHeads Media Production will do his media.

Young barely escaped defeat in his 2008 primary, then mounted a come-from-behind victory in the general election.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Doherty. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty (D) has picked several national consultants to help with his 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial bid.

Julian Mulvey and Tad Devine will handle media for Doherty, while Margie Omero of Momentum Analysis will do polling for the Democrat. Mulvey, Devine and Omero all worked together on Rep. Christopher Carney’s (D-Pa.) Congressional races in the northeastern part of the state.

Steve Stenberg of the Strategy Group will do mail for Doherty. Mark Nevins will handle communications for the campaign, while his firm, Dover Group, will assist with fundraising and finance programs.

Campaign manager Corey Platt comes from the Show Me State, where he managed former Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Kay Barnes’ (D) 2008 race against Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

Strike a Bipartisan Chord. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Association of Political Consultants will host a karaoke fundraiser next month sponsored by several consulting firms, including Aristotle, Diaz Communications, Turner Strategies, Revolvis and the Jackson Group.

The event has been billed as featuring political consultants, Capitol Hill staffers, Members of Congress and media types.

Democrats, Republicans and everyone in between will showcase their vocal talent on Oct. 21 at the Rock & Roll Hotel at 1353 H St. NE. Part of the proceeds will benefit area schools through the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

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