New Jersey Republican strategist Mike DuHaime, who is expected to be named the general consultant for Christopher Christie's gubernatorial campaign, has joined Mercury Public Affairs as a managing director. DuHaime managed Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid and served as political director for the McCain-Palin campaign. He is a former Republican National Committee political director, served as regional political director of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, and was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
Referred to by the National Journal's Hotline as a "rising star and political natural," DuHaime was ranked #22 on the PolitickerNJ.com 2008 Power List.
Mercury Public Affairs is a full-service public affairs consultancy that counsels leading global Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and trade and advocacy coalitions, offering a sophisticated suite of services that includes campaign management, strategic communications, grassroots outreach, litigation and crisis communications, advocacy advertising, and state and federal government affairs. Earlier this week, Mercury announced it would be forming LFM Campaigns, a ballot proposition firm
DuHaime joins a team that include: Steve Schmidt, former John McCain for President Chief Strategist and Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor Campaign Manager; Terry Nelson, former Bush-Cheney Political Director; Adam Mendelsohn, former Deputy Chief of Staff to California Governor Schwarzenegger; Michael McKeon, former Communications Director for New York Governor George Pataki; Max Sandlin, former Democratic Texas Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip to current Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi; and Brian Jones, former Republican National Committee Communications Director.
"Mike is one of the most talented public affairs strategists in the Country, with a unique understanding of national and regional politics," said Nelson, who worked with DuHaime on the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. "He also has an outstanding reputation and we're particularly excited to put his experience and knowledge to work for the company and our clients."
The Hoboken resident began his political career in 1997 as campaign manager for Anthony Bucco, who ousted incumbent Gordon MacInnes in a race for State Senator in District 25.
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