Key People-Gov. Haley Barbour
Haley's PAC   
415 Yazoo Street, Jackson, MS 39201...  [website]
ruled out a run for president on April 25, 2011

updated April 25, 2011, revised July 17, 2011            

Treasurer  Henry Barbour +

Republican National Committeeman for the state of Mississippi.  Partner at Capitol Resources LLC; joined the firm in 2004.  Managed Haley Barbour's 2003 campaign for governor.  Managed Chip Pickering's successful campaigns for Congress in 1996 and 2002.  Worked at the RNC when Haley Barbour was chairman, including as director of Team 100.  Worked in the White House.  Staffer on George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign.  Graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.  Nephew of Haley Barbour; his father was Mayor of Yazoo City.

Communications Advisor  Jim Dyke

(reported March 7, 2011)  Founded Jim Dyke & Associates in 2005, now JDA Frontline.  He has served as senior communications advisor to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign and a communications advisor to President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's VOLPAC in the first half of 2006.  Communications director at the RNC during the 2004 cycle after starting there as press secretary.  Press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Don Evans.  Worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates building coalitions and developing communications strategies for clients.  A one-time assistant to the brewmeister at Capital City Brewing Company, Dyke became a lobbyist for the Beer Institute.  He started his career in Washington, DC as a Senate parking lot attendant.  Graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in history.  Resident of Charleston, SC.

Communications Advisor-Online  James Richardson

(announced March 10, 2011)  Contributing blogger at  In 2010, as an account services director for Hynes Communications, Richardson consulted on online outreach including for Dan Coats for Senate and the NRSC.  CRNC communications director in 2009.  Online communications manager for the RNC in the 2008 cycle (deputy to Liz Mair).  University of Georgia.

Advisor  Scott Reed

Chairman of Chesapeake Enterprises.  Campaign manager for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, served as executive director of the RNC during the 1994 cycle, and was chief of staff to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp during the Bush (senior) administration. 

Likely Campaign Manager  Rob Collins

Politico reported on April 25 (the day Barbour ruled out a run) that Barbour "had lined up" Rob Collins as likely campaign manager.  Collins served as executive director of American Action Network and earlier was deputy chief of staff to then House Minority Whip Eric Cantor; he started with Cantor as communications director in 2003.  He served as Sen. Chuck Hagel's press secretary in 2002.  Graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.  Native of Syracuse, NY.


Iowa Director at Haley's PAC/consultant  Matt Gronewald

(April 2011, less than a month)  House Majority Fund director July 2007-Dec. 2010.  Worked on John McCain's Iowa cacus effort, mid-2006-mid-2007 (started with Straight Talk America in June 2006 directing day to day ops on the ground)  Managed State Rep. Bill Dix's congressional campaign in Iowa's 1st CD; Dix finished second to Mike Whalen in the June 6, 2006 primary.  Worked for the State Party's Legislative Majority Fund, and as Rep. Dix's legislative assistant while he was the Statehouse Appropriations Chairman.  From Des Moines.

New Hampshire

Senior Advisor  Mike Dennehy

(widely reported on March 16, 2011)  Founder and president of The Dennehy Group, and co-founder (2002) and principal of the Dennehy and Bouley government relations firm, both based in Concord, NH.  In 2010, he led the NH State Senate Republican Campaign Committee effort.  Dennehy played senior roles in both of Sen. McCain's presidential campaigns.  He was senior advisor on McCain's 2008 NH primary campaign after serving as national political director through May 7, 2007.  New England political director and New Hampshire campaign manager on McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  Managed Craig Benson's successful 2002 campaign for governor in New Hampshire.  Managed Jay Lucas' 1998 gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire.  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, starting in March 1996 through late 1997.  New Hampshire political director on Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 primary campaign.  Special assistant to Gov. Stephen Merrill (R-NH).  B.S. from Southern New Hampshire University.

Volunteer Advisor  Paul Young

(reported by John DiStaso on March 11, 2011)  "More than twenty-five years' experience in business, government and politics."  Currently founder and president of Novus Public Affairs in Portsmouth and a principal of Hynes Communications.  Previously Young founded Calypso Communications, also in Portsmouth, and before that he headed Paul Young and Associates.  He served as a senior national campaign advisor to the presidential campaigns of Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and Steve Forbes.  First professional job was legislative correspondent in the U.S. Senate at age 20.

South Carolina

in addition to Charleston-based Jim Dyke...

Columbia consultant  J. Warren Tompkins, III
Tompkins started his consulting practice, now Tompkins & Kinard, LLC, in 1991 and is veteran of South Carolina and national politics, with experience many presidential campaigns.  He was senior advisor for the Southeastern Region on Romney for President, Inc. from Nov. 2006 to the end of the campaign.  Atlantic Region chair for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign.  General consultant on Lindsey Graham's successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2002.  Strategist for the 1988 Bush presidential campaign.  Tompkins helped elect Carroll Campbell governor in 1986 and served as Campbell's chief of staff, supervising a staff of more than 230 people and budgets totaling more than $91 million.  Executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party starting in 1981.  Executive director of both South Carolina Reagan-Bush campaigns (1980 and 1984), the first at age 28.  Volunteered on Strom Thurmond's 1978 Senate campaign.  First campaign was a 1974 magistrate’s race.

Greenville consultant Hollis "Chip" Felkel  

Founder and CEO of the Felkel Group and has worked for Campbell for Governor, the South Carolina Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, as well as the 1988 Bush-Quayle Campaign (Executive Director – Georgia), DeMint 2002 Congressional Re-elect (campaign manager) and in strategic and communications roles with Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004.


Senior Advisor  Sally Bradshaw

(widely reported on March 20, 2011)  In the 2008 cycle Bradshaw served as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney, announced Oct. 17, 2006.  Senior campaign advisor to the Bush-Brogan 2002 re-election campaign.  Chief of staff for Gov. Jeb Bush from Jan. 1999 to Dec. 2000.  Managed Jeb Bush's 1998 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns.  Executive director of the Foundation for Florida's Future, a non-profit grassroots public policy institute.  Political director of the Republican Party of Florida, executive director of the 1992 Florida Bush-Quayle campaign, and staff director for the House Republican Office in Tallahassee.  Has lived in Florida since 1991.  Before moving to Florida, Bradshaw worked at the White House as an Associate Director for the Office of Political Affairs from 1989-91.  Regional field coordinator for the Bush for President campaign in 1988.  Undergraduate degree in political science from The George Washington University, 1987.  Native of Greenville, MS.

Note.  Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel put together a good summary of Barbour's effort; see "Haley Barbour's almost-campaign" posted July 8, 2011. >