Obama's Fla campaign ace leads new public affairs firm
Ashley Walker, the savvy strategist who led Barack Obama's Florida campaign last year, is helping lead a new public relations/lobbying firm as Floridian Partners (Rodney Barreto, Brian May,Charlie Dudley, Pat Maloy, Robert Reyes, Gary Guzzo and Jorge Chamizo) start a joint venture with with the national firm Mercury. Mercury Florida will be led by Walker and veteran Republican strategist Kieran Mahoney. Also, Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley is joining Mercury. Mercury and Floridian Partners will continue providing their clients with services as always.
“By combining Mercury’s national public strategy platform with Floridian Partners’ deep state experience, insight and knowledge, Mercury Florida will be able to deliver immeasurable business value to the world’s leading companies and advocacy groups,” said Mercury CEO and founding partner Kieran Mahoney. “Being able to join forces with this talented team of professionals and with the addition of Ashley Walker, who helped create the largest grassroots operation that Florida has ever seen, is really exciting for Mercury Florida. The potent nature of the new firm’s leadership will strengthen our ability to address the wide spectrum of public policy issues that critically affect our clients.”
“Our close relationship with members of the Mercury team, whom we have known for many years and worked with on a number of client issues, will be an integral part of this new enterprise,” said Charlie Dudley, Managing Partner of Floridian Partners. “We greatly respect Mercury’s reputation as a top, national high-stakes public affairs firm, as well as their long-standing record for success. Floridian Partners is excited to join Mercury in expanding both our firms’ capabilities to service our client’s needs in Florida and across Mercury’s national and international footprint.”
Said Walker: “The Sunshine State has played an undeniably pivotal role in the political world throughout the last few elections. This venture will create and maintain a strong public affairs presence in all regions of Florida, which will be of great service to our clients. I look forward to taking my skills and knowledge of the State I call home to Mercury Florida.”