from Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Alex Conant
Pawlenty names Jon Seaton Political Director
MINNEAPOLIS – Governor Tim Pawlenty announced
today that Jon Seaton will join the Pawlenty
Presidential Exploratory Committee as National Political Director.
"Jon is one of the Republican Party's top
political organizers, and Mary and I are grateful that he's joining our
team," Governor Pawlenty said. "Jon has the skills, energy and
experience to organize the grassroots army that can't wait to defeat
President Obama. With Jon's help, we're going to unite all parts of the
conservative movement around an optimistic agenda to take back our
"Governor Pawlenty is an authentic
conservative who has proven that he can win elections in the toughest
of environments," Seaton said. "I've seen firsthand that he
will not be out-worked on the campaign trail, and I know that
Republican activists and voters will respond with enthusiasm to his
consistent, conservative message. They are ready to work as hard as he
is to take our country in a new direction."
A veteran of the last two Republican
Presidential campaigns, Seaton currently runs East Meridian
Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA.
During the 2010 campaign cycle, Seaton advised several
Republican campaigns at the Federal and Statewide level, including
Congressman Randy Hultgren and Senator John McCain.
In 2007 and 2008, Seaton worked
for Senator McCain’s Presidential campaign. As the National Field
Director, Seaton moved to Iowa in July 2007 to run the
campaign’s Iowa Caucus operation. In
Iowa, Seaton managed staff, coalitions, surrogate activity
and candidate travel while also serving as the state’s campaign
spokesman. During the general election, Seaton served
as the Regional Campaign Manager for Ohio and
Pennsylvania. Seaton ran the campaign’s Columbus, Ohio
office and oversaw all grassroots, communication, finance and candidate
travel in these two battleground states.
In 2006, Seaton served President
Bush as Associate Director for Political Affairs. In that
position, he was the primary White House liaison to Gov. Pawlenty's
re-election campaign, as well as Republican campaigns and organizations
in 10 other states, including Iowa.
Seaton’s White House job is not his only
experience in Iowa, home of the nation's first caucuses. In
October of 2004, the Bush re-election campaign transferred him to Iowa,
where he spent the last three weeks of the campaign overseeing Election
Day strategy and GOTV activities. Earlier in his career, he managed a
Congressional campaign in western Iowa.
A native of Berkeley,
Calif., Seaton will be moving to Minnesota with his wife
Kristina Seppala, and their 2 year old daughter, Annabelle.
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