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Scott names Sellers, Thrasher leaders of re-election campaign

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January

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday will announce key members of his re-election campaign team, with communications director Melissa Sellers moving from the governor's office to be campaign manager and Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, chairman of Scott's re-election effort.

Starting next Tuesday, Sellers, 31, will oversee day-to-day operations of the re-election organization. Before she joined the governor's office in 2012, Sellers was a regional spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention in Tampa and was chief spokeswoman for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during his campaign for governor in 2007 and his first term. Sellers, a Texas native, originally wanted to be a reporter. The University of Texas journalism graduate was named a rising star by Campaign & Elections magazine six years ago when she was 25.

The announcement ends talk of the possibility that chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth might shift to the campaign.

Scott's other campaign appointments:

* Thrasher, the campaign chairman, will be a key strategist and is an ally of Hollingsworth. Thrasher briefly surfaced in speculation as a possible lieutenant governor. The Senate Rules Committee chairman ran the state GOP following the demise of former chairman Jim Greer.

* Miguel Fernandez and Darlene Jordan will be co-finance chairs. Fernandez is chairman of MBF Partners, a major health care firm based in Coral Gables. Jordan is a former Masasachusetts assistant attorney general who was a national finance co-chair for Mitt Romney in 2008.

* Tim Saler will be deputy campaign manager, overseeing media, voter contact, political and field operations. He has been deputy executive director for political strategy at the Republican Party of Florida and before that, was director of strategy at the Republican Party of Wisconsin and executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party.

* Matt Moon will be the campaign communications director, overseeing messaging, bracketing strategy and handling press, research and rapid response efforts. A native of Alaska, Moon served as a senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and was deputy research director at the Republican National Committee.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:36pm]

    

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