Leadership and Supporters
updated Jan. 6, 2007

"Granite Status" reported on Jan. 4 that McCain is close to securing headquarters space at Waumbec Mill in Manchester.
Chairman Peter Spaulding
(reported Dec. 8, 2006 by John DiStaso in "Granite Status")  Executive Councilor (District Two) from 1983-2006.  Vice President for Community Relations with Providian National Bank in Concord since 1994.  A Merrimack County Commissioner from 1970-92 (one of three).  Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1988, 1996 and 2000.  Chaired Sen. McCain's 2000 New Hampshire primary campaign.  B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1966.  New Hampshire native; grew up in Bradford, NH.  Resident of Hopkinton, NH.
Campaign Manager Jim Martin 
(reported Jan. 4, 2007 by John DiStaso in "Granite Status")  Vice president for government relations at the Hawthorn Group, L.C., a Washington, DC consulting firm.  Took a leave in '04 to manage research at the NRSC.  Prior to joining the Hawthorn Group, Martin was director of coalitions for the NRCC.  Deputy campaign manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 NH primary campaign (under Mike Dennehy), then political director for McCain’s Straight Talk America PAC.  Has worked on many state and local campaigns in the New England area and done market research for an international legal publisher.  B.A. degree in history and political science from Franklin Pierce College in NH.

New Hampshire Office of 21st Century Freedom State PAC: 20 Market Street, Manchester (Gov. Pataki opened on Oct. 2, 2006)
New Hampshire Office Chris Larson
(reported by Hotline On Call on Sept. 7, 2006)  Previously worked for the DCI Group.

New Hampshire Leadership Team
On October 12, 2006 Gov. Pataki announced 10 New Hampshirites as a Leadership Team to help "organize grassroots efforts across New Hampshire during the final weeks of the 2006 election cycle."
Alderman Mike Garrity (Manchester); Renee Rydell, Developer, Political Activist (Stratham); Selectman Rick Griffin, Business Owner (Hampton); Brian Lawson, St. Anselm College Republicans Chair; Tammy Simmons, Small Business Owner, Political Activist (Manchester); Rick Richardson, Congressional Staff Member (Derry); Ben Gamache, Real Estate Developer & Philanthropist (Manchester); Tom DeRosa, Chair, NH College Republicans; State Representative David Currier, (Henniker); Matt Mayberry, Former Dover City Councilor, Bush ’04 County Chair, Realtor (Dover).
Press Secretary (National) Alicia Preston
Joined Meridian Communications, a New Hampshire-based consulting group co-founded by Jack Heath and Mike Biundo, in January 2005.  (Meridian was announced as a consultant to the 21st Century Freedom PAC on Jan. 11, 2006).  Served as press secretary to New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson.  Worked six years at WNDS TV in Derry as chief political reporter and then news director. Also worked as reporter and news director at WKXL AM/FM in Concord and WPNH FM in Plymouth and as a staff writer for the White Mountain Journal in Lincoln.  New Hampshire native.

Senior Advisor Tom Rath
(announced Sept. 25, 2006)  Founder of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.; started in private practice in 1980 and has been involved in government relations since then.  Member of the Republican National Committee; delegate to every Republican National Convention since 1984.  Attorney General of New Hampshire, 1987-90.  Appointed by President George H.W. Bush to be a director of the Legal Services Corporation.  Chaired the campaigns of Sen. Warren Rudman and Sen. Judd Gregg.  Senior advisor to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole (1987-88), Lamar Alexander (1995-99) and George W. Bush (1999-2000).  J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, 1971.  B.A. from Dartmouth College, 1967.
Advisor Rich Killion
(announced Sept. 7, 2006)  Vice president of Elevare Communications, a political and strategic communications firm in Concord.  Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and director of the Polling Institute at Franklin Pierce.  Campaign manager for Bruce Keough's gubernatorial bid in the 2002 NH Republican primary.  Executive director of N.H.Citizens for a Sound Economy during the 1999-2000 NH primary campaign.  Worked at Franklin Pierce College doing fundraising and college relations and was also was an instructor in the Political Science division and help found the polling center, 1995-99.  B.A. from Stonehill College in No. Easton, MA; M.P.A. from George Mason University.
Chairman of NH Steering Committee Bruce Keough
(announced Sept. 26, 2006)  Principal in Islington Woods LLC, a New Hampshire real estate development company.  New Hampshire Vice Chairman of President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.  Candidate for the 2002 Republican nomination for Governor; finished less than 5,000 votes behind winner Craig Benson in the September 10 primary.  Served on the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire; twice elected chairman.  Elected to the State Senate in 1994, defeating State Senator Beverly Hollingworth; served one term.  Appointed by Gov. Gregg to serve on the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority.  Degrees from Dartmouth College and Yale University.  Born and raised in Berlin, NH.
The Commonwealth PAC NH Steering Committee
On Oct. 4, 2006 Gov. Romney announced creation of this group "consisting of prominent Republicans and business leaders in all ten New Hampshire counties, from Coos to the sea."  (58 people including Keough).
Political Director and Spokesperson (National) Julie Teer
(March 2006)  Teer served as Romney's press secretary in the Governor's office starting in April 2005.  Executive director for Bush-Cheney '04 in New Hampshire. Communications director for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee starting in March 2003.  Worked briefly for Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) in Washington, DC after serving as press secretary on Sununu's campaign during fall 2002.  Served as press secretary to Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI).  Native of East Lansing.

Headquarters: 788 Elm Street in Manchester.  (John Cox officially opened on Jan. 3, 2007)
State Campaign Coordinator Stephen Abbott
(announced July 29, 2006)  Manchester public relations consultant.  Coordinator of Charles Tarbell’s 2004 gubernatorial primary campaign against Gov. Craig Benson.  Abbott has been an active member of the Manchester Republican Committee, elected as a delegate to the state Republican Convention in 2004, and reelected in 2006, and is a member of the Republican State Committee.  Former newspaper reporter for the Neighborhood News newspapers and the Weare Free Press.   He has served as chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester, and as president of the non-profit group For Manchester.  He is a 1989 graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Communication Arts.
Field Director Chris Richter
(announced Dec. 4, 2006)  Field director for the Republican gubernatorial campaign of New Hampshire State Rep. Jim Coburn.  He has also served as a page for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and as a research assistant to Conservative MP Cheryl Gillian in the British House of Commons.  Candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives in 2002.

Hillsborough County Coordinator - Jonathan Heath of Manchester (announced Aug. 17, 2006)
Heath is a 2006 candidate for state representative in Hillsborough County District 12
   Goffstown Town Campaign Chairman - Bob Harris (announced Aug. 31, 2006)

Rockingham County Coordinator - Bob Bjorkman of Derry (announced Aug. 31, 2006)

Strafford County Coordinator - Tim Comerford
student at St. Anselm College in Manchester

Matt Spence

Treasurer of Richardson for Governor, a NH committee established Aug. 7, 2006 Dick Bouley
Concord-based lobbyist and consultant, Bouley Associates since 1982.  Adjunct professor at New Hamsphire Technical Institute, 1982-2001.  Staffer to Gov. Hugh Gallen, 1979-82.  Taught high school for 19 years in Littleton.  Supported Bruce Babbitt in 1988, Tom Harkin in 1992, and Dick Gephardt in 2004.  Carter delegate in 1980.  Carter delegate in 1976 (elected from District 2 in the Feb. 24 NH primary).

Director Spencer McNeil
(Spring 2006) General manager of a marketing communications firm located in Woburn, MA.

former potential candidates:
On August 15, 2006 All America PAC announced it was deploying about 50 activists to work as paid staffers on campaigns in IN, IA, NV, NH and SC; 15 were sent to NH.

Michael K. Garofalo, Chairman of the Salem Democratic Town Committee (Sept. 2006 e-mail)

Progressive Patriots Fund field director Paula Zellner has a bit of NH experience; Feingold paid for her to work on the campaign of Manchester Mayor Bob Baines in Fall 2005.  However none of the Patriot Corps field organizers the PAC deployed in September 2006 went to NH.

Forward Together PAC is paying for:
Audra Tafoya to work for the New Hampshire Senate Democratic Caucus starting May 2006.
Most recently legislative assistant to Virginia State Delegate Brian Moran.  Research director for Allyson Schwartz's successful campaign for Congress in Pennsylvania's 13th CD in 2004.  Managed Steve Shannon's successful campaign for Virginia State Delegate in 2003.  Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) with a bachelor's degree in government, May 2003; worked as an aide in the Texas state legislature.

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