McCain General Election Campaign Organization, Louisiana
updated March 9, 2009

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Regional Headquarters: 6334 S. Racine Circle, Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80111
Regional Campaign Manager, South Central (AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK and TX) Craig Goldman
Candidate for Texas State Representative (Fort Worth HD-97) in the Nov. 6, 2007 special election.  Executive director of McCain's Straight Talk America, started Aug. 2005, then executive director on McCain's campaign in California through March or April 2007.  Goldman has been in and out of politics.  His private sector experience includes vice president of Ronnie's LLC of Ft. Worth, TX, his family’s retail business specializing in fine wines and epicurean foods, for seven years; and head of government relations at InsCap, LLC, an insurance and capital markets start-up company with offices in Nashville and New York.  In politics he managed former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey's campaign for the 2004 Republican U.S. Senate nomination in California.  Volunteered as needed on McCain's 2000 campaign.  Campaign manager on Rob Mosbacher for mayor of Houston, TX, 1997.  Worked for Sen. Phil Gramm for five years, starting in 1991 as assistant to Gramm at the NRSC and working on special projects (Iowa Straw Poll, the Florida GOP Presidency 3 and the Iowa Caucuses) on his 1996 presidential campaign.  B.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin, 1991.

Louisiana Republican Party 
Roger Villere
(re-elected Feb. 2008; first elected March 26, 2004)  President of Villere Corporation.; florist--opened Villere's Florist in 1969;   In 2000 chaired the Conservative Republican Network, opposing Gov. Fosters' proposed constitutional amendments on taxes.

Executive Director
Matt Parker
(acting exec. director from Feb. 2008)  Deputy political director on Bobby Jindal's campaign for governor, 2007.  Field director on Jindal's 2004 congressional campaign Special projects director for Generation Joshua Political Action Committee.

Communications Director
Aaron Baer
War room director on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign.  Baer previously worked in research and communications for the RNC and the Bush-Cheney re-election team.

Political Director
Phillip Joffrion
New Orleans regional director on the Bobby Jindal for Governor campaign.  U.S. Navy; served aboard the USS John F. Kennedy during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Attended Louisiana State University.

Grassroots Director
John "Bo" Staples
Political organizer, researcher and online media developer for the State Party since the summer of 2007.  Completing a degree in political science and history at Louisiana State University.  Baton Rouge native.

Executive Assistant
Karen Connolly
(since Feb. 2005)  Prior to joining the Republican Party she worked at Caring to Love Ministries, the administrative office of the Care Pregnancy Clinic.  Baton Rouge native.  She has 5 children and 13 grandchildren.

Finance Consultant
Alexandra Bautsch
Bautsch, a New Orleans native, most recently served as finance director for the Bobby Jindal for Governor campaign, raising over $12 million before Election Day.  She continues to serve as his finance consultant. Bautsch previously served as executive assistant to then Congressman Bobby Jindal in his Washington D.C. office. 

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