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Organization - General Election
Talent and Organization - General Election
Presidential campaign organizations
are hard at work on a national level and in key states.
this page updated July 24, 2012...the individual pages updated more frequently
The re-elect campaign, headquartered in Chicago,
formally launched on April 4, 2011. Many of the key staff
moved over from the White House or the DNC. Former White House
senior advisor David Axelrod
moved back to Chicago and is playing a key role as a consultant. Jim Messina, who was White House
deputy chief of staff for operations and served as chief of staff on
the 2008 campaign, is the campaign manager. Serving as deputy
campaign managers are Jen Dillon
O'Malley, who had been serving as executive director at the DNC,
Juliana Smoot, most
recently White House social secretary, who was finance director on the
2008 campaign and Stephanie Cutter,
COO Ann Marie Habershaw,
Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird from Organizing for
America, and finance director Rufus
Jarvis-Shean moved over from serving as research director at the
White House. At the DNC, Rep.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is chairman. Patrick Gaspard
moved over from his position as White House political director to serve
as executive director of the party starting March 1, 2011.
2008 campaign manager David Plouffe
succeeded Axelrod at the White House as senior advisor and is
coordinating between the campaign and the White House. The White
House team is led by Jack Lew, announced
as chief of staff on Jan. 9, 2012, succeeding Bill Daley.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign traces back to his
2008 campaign and then the Free & Strong America PAC. Leading
the effort day to day is Matt Rhoades,
communications director on the '08 campaign. Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Eric Fehrnstrom, also from the '08
campaign, continue as senior advisors. Stewart Stevens is strategist, Rich Beeson is political director, Gail Gitcho and Andrea Saul head the communications
team, and Spencer Zwick is
finance chair. The campaign was relatively lean during the
primaries, but has grown substantially since then. At the RNC, Reince Priebus, who formerly chaired
the Wisconsin Republican Party is chairman and Jeff Larson is chief of staff.
who served as communications director on Paul's 2008 presidential
campaign and more recently managed Rand Paul's 2010 U.S. Senate race,
is chairman of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign
Committee. John Tate is
campaign manager. Prior to launch of the campaign Tate served as
pesident of the Campaign
for Liberty, the 501(c)4
formed June 2008. He joined Paul's
2008 presidential campaign as national political director,
announced Jan. 26, 2008. Tate has over 20 years experience in
Republican politics including work as an organizer on Pat Robertson's
1988 campaign. Debbie Hopper
is assistant campaign manager for advance and events. Dimitri Kesari is deputy campaign
manager. Gary Howard, Jr.
is press secretary, John McArdle
is finance director and Fritz Wenzel
(Wenzel Strategies) is doing polling.
Former Gov. Gary
Johnson's top political advisor is
Salt Lake City-based Ron Neilsen,
Ben Manski is
campaign manager. He has over a decade experience in Green
Party politics, including candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 77
Side) in 2010, elected co-chair of the Green Party of the United
States in 2001, national director of the Campus Greens
USA, and Midwest field director on Nader 2000.