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Republican National Convention adds four seasoned political operatives

The Republican National Convention Thursday announced that it's hired four veteran political operatives to manage the official program, conduct floor operations and help support communications for the August 27-30 event.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be able to engage this tremendously savvy group,” convention CEO William Harris said in a statement announcing the hiring of:

• Todd Cranney, currently deputy political director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, as director of delegate outreach. Before joining the Romney campaign, Cranney was deputy campaign manager and political director for Meg Whitman’s 2010 campaign for governor of California. He was Romney’s 2008 western regional political director and served as field representative for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign in California and Nevada. Cranney began his political career as a staff assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Tony Feather as director of whip operations. Feather is a Missouri-based political professional specializing in grassroots voter contact. A principal in the firm FLS, Feather also served as political director for President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.

Jim Dyke as senior advisor, a role that will include supporting convention communications. Dyke is a founder and president of the Washington-based firm JDA Frontline. Dyke has worked on four presidential campaigns, managed a congressional race and served as a senior advisor to President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Before starting his own business, he served as communications director for the Republican National Committee.

Anne Hathaway as convention program director. Hathaway, a former Republican National Committee chief of staff, is an Indiana-based campaign veteran whose experience ranges from volunteering in local congressional races to working in the White House, where she was an assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:19pm]

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