Moving on: Beshear hires familar spokesman, Huntsman hiring in Ky. and more

08/05/2011 07:06 AM

It seems campaign staffers area always on the move, like modern day nomads.

And Kentucky campaigns are doing some final personnel shuffling as the fall election season nears.

Erwin moving to gubernatorial campaign

First up, is some gubernatorial hiring, as former Kentucky Democratic Party spokesman Matt Erwin is now the spokesman for the re-election campaign of Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Erwin was the Democratic Party’s spokesman for the past two years. In recent weeks, he has been the chief mouthpiece to offer the official Democratic response to stories involving the governor.

Erwin switched jobs on Tuesday.

Another Matt?

The Kentucky Democratic Party seems to have a thing for spokesmen named Matt.

The party has tapped Matt McGrath to replace Matt Erwin.

McGrath most recently served as communications director for the gubernatorial primary campaign of Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and a spokesman for Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois, a 2010 U.S. Senate candidate.

McGrath also was part of two 2008 presidential campaigns: John Edwards operation in Iowa during the primary and Barack Obama’s general election campaign in Ohio. Beshear’s campaign manager, Bill Hyers, also worked on both of those 2008 staffs.

“We’re excited to bring Matt McGrath aboard as the KDP continues to build toward a Democratic clean sweep in 2011,” Dan Logsdon, Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party said in a release. “Matt’s talents and experience are a great addition to our team.”

Huntsman hiring in Ky.

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is dipping into Kentucky to fill out his national staff, hiring former Holsclaw for Governor campaign manager Sarah Reidy.

Reidy, who managed Bobbie Holsclaw’s primary gubernatorial campaign earlier this year, will be national director of scheduling for Huntsman starting Monday. She’ll be moving to Orlando, Fla. to take the job.

“I am honored to be joining the Jon Huntsman for President team,” Reidy e-mailed to Pure Politics. “Governor Huntsman has a strong record of job creation and a spirit of bipartisanship that is sorely lacking in Washington. I am particularly impressed with his grasp on foreign affairs especially as the former ambassador to China. I look forward to bringing Kentucky’s voice to the table in the 2012 presidential election.”

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