Leadership and Supporters
updated Jan. 6, 2007
(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.
"Granite Status" reported
on Jan. 4 that McCain is close to securing headquarters space at Waumbec
Mill in Manchester.
(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)
(reported by Hotline On Call
on Sept. 7, 2006) Previously worked for the DCI Group.
|New Hampshire Office
New Hampshire Leadership Team
On October 12, 2006 Gov.
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
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.
|Press Secretary (National)
(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
(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.
(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
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).
|Chairman of NH Steering
(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.
|Political Director and
Elm Street in Manchester. (John Cox officially opened on Jan. 3,
(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
|State Campaign Coordinator
(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
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
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).
|Treasurer of Richardson
for Governor, a NH committee established Aug. 7, 2006
(Spring 2006) General manager
of a marketing communications firm located in Woburn, MA.
former potential candidates:
On August 15, 2006 All America
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
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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