John Oxendine’s Republican campaign for governor is about to announce its third campaign manager in less than a year – but this installation is being characterized as a shuffle rather than a shake-up.
Tim Echols of Athens, who had been campaign manager since last summer, will take a policy position with the campaign.
The new campaign manager will be Stephen Puetz, who had been political director for the Tom Foley gubernatorial campaign in Connecticut. Here’s his Twitter page. And below is some bio material he’s posted on Linked In:
Prior to joining John Oxendine’s campaign for Governor as the Campaign Manager, Stephen was the Political Director for Connecticut Republican Gubernatorial front-runner Tom Foley. In this role, he created a robust political staff operation, implemented a dynamic nominating convention and field program, and developed an overall political strategy for a three-phase campaign.
During the 2008 election cycle, Stephen was the senior associate with campaign consulting firm Revolvis (formerly Coronado Communications). He oversaw voter targeting for eight campaigns, and was the lead ground consultant on three campaigns with budgets of over a million dollars each.
From September 2007 to February 2008, Stephen was the California Field Director for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, responsible for organizing the volunteer effort in all 53 California Congressional districts. Stephen established 27 phone bank operations, which made nearly 250,000 phone calls in the final week of the campaign. He was also deployed by the Romney Presidential Campaign to Clarke County, Nevada, to design and implement a critical walk program during the successful 2008 state caucus.
Stephen has directly managed four high-profile races, including two winning campaigns with close-margin victories in significant voter registration disadvantage districts. Notably, he managed California Republican Assemblywoman Shirley Horton’s 2006 re-election campaign, which was the number one targeted and most expensive State Assembly race that cycle at 3.5 million dollars.
The following came in this evening:
“Puetz will manage the staff and grassroots organization,” said
Tim Echols, campaign spokesman. “With momentum building in this campaign, we are now staffing-up.
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