WEEKLY: A Flurry of Secretary of State Campaign Hires

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You ain’t nobody in Louisiana politics until somebody works for you. And there are plenty of people being hired by the major candidates for secretary of state. Let’s take a look…

Julie’s Jobs

Rep. Julie Stokes, the perceived frontrunner in the race, has signed The Political Firm’s consultants Jason Hebert and Scott Hobbs. They’ve run campaigns for Congressman Garret Graves and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The Political Firm will be her general consultants, in addition to handling the campaign’s media.

Nicole Desormeaux and Ann Rasmussen will handle fundraising for Stokes, who already has the largest war chest at nearly $185,000, according to campaign finance reports.

Day-to-day operations will be overseen by Anna Kornick, who also worked on Stokes’ brief bid for state treasurer. Kornick previously was a staffer to former Congressman Joe Cao, as well as Scott Angelle during his tenure as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

Kicking It With Kyle

Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has brought on consultant Lionel Rainey III, who will serve as general, media and fundraising consultant. “In a race like this, every penny counts, and a low overhead is essential,” Rainey told LaPolitics. Rainey is likewise signed up to manage Congressman Ralph Abraham’s 2019 gubernatorial campaign and he has several victories from past races for U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and former Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

Crowing For Crow

Former Sen. A.G. Crowe’s campaign is being supervised by Jack McAdams, who previously worked as a grassroots coordinator for Sens. Neil Riser and Bodi White. 

Crowe has also brought on Scott Wilfong and former Sen. Dan Richey as his general consultants.

Greg Buisson, who has done ads in the past for Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Rep. Stephanie Hilferty and New Orleans City Councilwoman Helena Moreno, will handle the media.

Former GOP Chairman Roger Villere will oversee the campaign’s social media operations.

Work For Free (Sorta)

Reneé Fontenot Free, the only prominent Democrat in the race, has brought on former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s longtime state director, T. Bradley Keith, as her campaign manager.

Consultant Randy Hayden and his firm, Creative Communications, have enlisted to handle media and fundraising. Hayden has worked for former Senate President Randy Ewing, former Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field and former Rep. Brett Geymann, among others.

Heather’s Human Resources

Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud has retained Congressman Clay Higgins’ advisor Chris Comeaux to serve as her general and media consultant. Comeaux has run past races for former Rep. Lenar Whitney and the Tea Party of Louisiana.

Sally Nungesser, a longtime GOP fundraiser who has worked for figures such as former Gov. Mike Foster and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has signed on to build Cloud’s war chest.

Rick’s Picks

Rep. Rick Edmonds’ campaign will be led by consultant J Hudson of 3 Strategies. Hudson previously managed John Fleming’s U.S. Senate campaign and Paul Dietzel’s bid for Congress.

Allee Bautsch Grunewald, one of the most prominent fundraisers in the state, will be tasked with keeping Edmonds’ campaign account full.

And take note reporters, Public Service Commissioner Craig Greene’s former communications consultant Delia Taylor will be handing Edmonds’ communications.

Media guru Roy Fletcher, a veteran of numerous statewide campaigns, has joined Team Edmonds as well.

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