Heiner adds Michigan governor's campaign manager, former Gov. Wilkinson press secretary to campaign staff

11/12/2014 01:00 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner has hired two prominent names to his campaign staff, adding Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s campaign manager and former Democratic Gov. Wallace Wilkinson’s press secretary.

Political strategist Kyle Robertson, who managed Snyder’s reelection campaign this fall and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s reelection campaign in 2012, will serve as Heiner’s senior advisor while Doug Alexander, Wilkinson’s press secretary in Kentucky’s 1987 gubernatorial election, will be the Republican candidate’s communications director, Heiner’s campaign announced Wednesday.

Heiner, in a statement, said he is pleased to hire “two experience professionals” to his staff after running the initial portion of his campaign on a lean staff, with some covering multiple roles. Joe Burgan will remain Heiner’s campaign manager, Burgan told Pure Politics.

“Kyle and Doug have years of experience in successful campaigns, government service and as advocates for meaningful public policy issues,” Heiner said in a statement. “I am extremely pleased with the team we are putting in place and expect additional announcements regarding key positions in the future.”

Robertson, who graduated from the University of Kentucky, has also managed the election campaign for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., and he was former Kentucky Congressman Geoff Davis’ political director when Davis beat Democrat Nick Clooney in 2004. Robertson also oversaw nine Midwest states as regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee and served as executive director of the Indiana Republican Party.

Snyder’s and Pence’s offices did not return calls seeking comment on Robertson’s hiring.

Alexander recently led the advocacy group Partnership for Commonsense Justice, which sought reforms to Kentucky’s legal system, and, from 2004 to 2009, the Commonwealth Progress Council, a group pushing for voluntary union membership in the state.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.


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