Republican Pam Bondi named her campaign team as she transitions into the fight against Democrat Dan Gelber for attorney general. It's largely the same crew from her successful primary bid. Martin Garcia will serve as campaign manager in collaboration with consultant Brett Doster. Read the full roster below.
Today, the Pam Bondi for Attorney General Campaign announced their general election staff and consultant team. The campaign brings together an impressive group of veteran experts who share the common mission of spreading Pam Bondi's message of keeping Floridians safe while promoting a strong and fair statewide economy.
"We have carefully assembled a team I am incredibly proud of and honored to have working on this campaign," said Pam Bondi. "Every member of our team believes strongly in our message, and I am confident we will be victorious in November."
The team includes:
Adam Goodman, Media – Adam is President of the Victory Group, a Tampa based media consulting firm, where he has been involved at every level of national and statewide elections, in Florida and throughout the country. Adam is renowned as a tactical specialist in the field of political media, with victories in more than four dozen media campaigns in the Florida Senate and House.
Melissa Dempsey, Finance Director – Melissa has previously worked for the Republican Party of Florida Senate Majority Finance team under three different senate presidents. She has in-depth finance experience, serving as assistant vice president of government affairs for the Florida Association of Bankers where she handled both state and federal governmental affairs. Melissa served on the campaign team for Senate President Jeff Atwater's 2008 re-election bid. Melissa spearheaded the primary election fundraising effort for the Bondi team, raising over a million dollars in total donations and in-kinds.
Wesley Donehue, New Media – Wesley is a renowned new media expert, specializing in web and social media presence for delivering successful messages in political campaigns across the country. His portfolio includes the campaigns of Jim DeMint for U.S. Senate, Gresham Barrett for Governor of South Carolina, and Mike Bouchard for Governor of Michigan. Wesley also heads up marketing and new media outreach for the South Carolina Republican Party and leads political strategies for the South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus.
Brett Doster, General Consultant - Brett is President of Front Line Strategies and a Partner with Revolution Agency. He has worked in Florida politics since 1993, serving in a variety of roles, including Executive Director for the Bush/Cheney Re-Election Campaign for Florida; Executive Director for the Gallagher for Governor Campaign; Executive Director of the Coalition to Protect Florida; and as general consultant to numerous state senate and state house campaigns.
Martin Garcia, Campaign Manager – Martin Garcia currently serves as a State Co-Chair for the Bondi for Attorney General Campaign and will be actively managing day to day activities for the general election. Since 1999 Martin has been Of-Counsel to Hill, Ward & Henderson. From 1986 until 1999, he was a partner in the trial department and tried over 50 cases to jury verdict in both federal and state courts. His cases included contract, tort, civil rights and civil RICO law. He left the full-time practice of law to start a real estate investment firm culminating in the sale of his real estate investment portfolio to a publicly traded REIT in a $110 million transaction. He is currently the founder and managing director of Pinehill Capital Partners, a private investment firm. Garcia's legal related activities include service of the following: President of both the Tampa-Bay and Florida chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar and member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. He currently serves on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. In 1995, he was awarded the Michael A. Fogarty Pro Bono Service "In-The-Trenches" Award by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. The Florida Bar honored him with the President's Award of Merit in 1999. The George Edgecomb Bar Association honored him in 2008 with the Founders Award.
Mary Hart, Director of Scheduling – Mary served as the lead paralegal in a 22-year career with Hill, Ward and Henderson. Mary has graciously agreed to serve as the scheduler and office manager for the Bondi for Attorney General campaign for the general election.
Kim Kirtley, Communications and Policy Consultant - Kim has extensive statewide political and communications experience in Florida's Legislative and campaign process, having served as the Director of Communications to former House Speaker Tom Feeney, as the Director of House Finance Campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, and as a campaign aide for the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign in 1998.
Carlos Muniz, Policy and Research - Carlos is an associate partner at Gray Robinson in Tallahassee, FL. He most recently served as the Managing Partner of Bancroft and Associates in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush, as General Counsel to the state's Chief Financial Officer, and as Deputy Chief of Staff and legal adviser to three Speakers of the Florida House of Representatives. Carlos is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Neil Newhouse and Gene Ulm, Pollsters
Neil is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, which has been described by the New York Times as "the leading Republican polling company" in the country and in 2002 was named "Pollster of the Year" by the trade publication "Campaigns and Elections."
Gene is one of the Republican Party's leading political strategists and pollsters, with extensive experience polling for successful U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, congressional, and state legislative campaigns since 1990.
Jason Rodriguez, Political Director - Jason has worked in a number of roles in government and politics, including the Office of Appointments for Governor Jeb Bush. He has long been active in Republican politics in the Tampa Bay area where he has served as campaign manager for state Legislative races. Jason recently completed a law degree at Stetson University.
Frank Terraferma, Voter Targeting – Frank is the former Director of House Campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida and former Director of the Majority Office in the Florida House of Representatives. Frank is a veteran political expert with in-depth knowledge of every district in the state.
Nancy Watkins, Campaign Treasurer – Nancy is Florida's foremost accountant for political campaigns; Florida Trend magazine called her the "key behind-the-scenes player in Republican politics" in a profile written this past September. Nancy has specialized in campaign accounting for over 25 years and serves as the treasurer for dozens of candidates and political groups throughout the state and across the nation.
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