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Shop Talk: NRCC No More

The National Republican Congressional Committee is losing two regional press secretaries to other opportunities.

Tory Mazzola, who has served as the Northeastern spokesman since last cycle, is headed to the New Hampshire Republican Party to serve as executive director. He’ll begin in mid-November.

Tyler Houlton, the former Western regional spokesman, left the NRCC in September to return home to Colorado. According to a press release, Houlton will serve as president of Compass Colorado, “a non-profit organization committed to educating Colorado voters on critical national and state fiscal and economic issues.”

The group will engage in educational and awareness campaigns, starting with a round of automated calls across the state to highlight the economic consequences of Proposition 103, which it says is a
$2.9 billion tax increase.

One in the Chamber

Veteran GOP strategist Marty Wilson has left his consulting firm to join the California Chamber of Commerce as vice president of public affairs.

Wilson, who has more than 35 years of experience in California politics, will oversee CalChamber’s political activity in the 2012 cycle, including candidate recruitment and its political action committees, Chamber PAC and CalBusPAC.

Wilson most recently served as managing partner at Wilson-Miller Communications, which he founded in 2004. He previously was managing director at Public Strategies in Sacramento for five years, and before that, he worked at Burson-Marsteller for six years. Along with campaign work, including Carly Fiorina’s Senate campaign last year, Wilson worked in senior-level staff positions with Pete Wilson when he served as governor of California and as a U.S. Senator.

“2012 is one of the most important election years in decades, particularly for the California legislature” and also because of the state’s new independent redistricting process, CalChamber CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement.

“In this new political environment, Marty’s experience and credibility will be extremely valuable to the business community as we work to identify and elect legislators who will be focused on job creation,” he added.

An Aloha State Senate Race

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R), who just announced her campaign for the seat of retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka (D), said her campaign manager will be retired Major Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, the former state adjutant general and head of Hawaii’s National Guard during the Lingle administration.

Lingle’s longtime adviser, Lenny Klompus, is handling communications for the campaign.

Meanwhile, former Rep. Ed Case (D), who is also running for Senate, announced two new consultant additions to his campaign team.

Lake Research Partners will handle strategy, research and polling for Case, who is up against Rep. Mazie Hirono in the Democratic primary. In a release, Case called Lake Research President Celinda Lake “one of our country’s foremost strategists for Democratic candidates and causes for decades.”

Case’s media will be run by Olomana Marketing, a Honolulu-based firm that did media for Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) last year.

Santorum Snags Cain Aide

Presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced the addition of two new staffers to his Iowa team, including Tina Goff, the former Iowa state director for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign.

Goff will manage campaign operations in central Iowa. She’s joined by Tom Intorcio, a former Bush/Cheney field coordinator in Ohio, who will serve as a field representative in northeast Iowa.

Santorum also announced that his national finance chairman is Euse Mita, chairman of a mid-Atlantic property development company. Santorum also filed a fundraising report showing he raised just more than $700,000 in the third quarter.

“His work and success is renowned, and I am confident that under his leadership, our finance team will ensure that we have the resources necessary to not just compete, but win the Republican nomination,” Santorum said in a statement.

Obama’s Old Dominion Team

The Obama campaign hired Lise Clavel, the former campaign manager and chief of staff to ex-Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), as Virginia state director, the Richmond Times-Dispatch first reported.

Clavel ran Perriello’s successful 2008 campaign, worked for him on Capitol Hill and then managed his re-election campaign. She’ll now run the president’s campaign operations in Virginia.

Roll Call previously reported that Ashley Baia was hired from the White House Office of Public Engagement to serve as the campaign’s Virginia field director.

SKDK Scores Another

Strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker announced the hire of Jill Zuckman as a managing director.

Zuckman, a former journalist, left the Chicago Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau in 2009 to work for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois Congressman, as assistant to the secretary and director of public affairs.

“Jill is one of the most talented communicators in the Administration and we are delighted to welcome her to SKDKnickerbocker,” Managing Director Anita Dunn, who left the White House in late 2009 to join the firm, said in a statement. “Her experience as a political reporter and as a close adviser to Secretary LaHood will serve her well as she guides a broad array of clients in need of strategic advice and executes detailed game plans for success.”

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