Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has hired veteran Florida political strategist Sally Bradshaw. Bradshaw told the Herald/Times that she is joining the Barbour campaign and will be doing work for his political committee. "If he becomes a presidential candidate I'll work for him here," she said. A native of Greenville, Miss., Bradshaw, 45, was former Gov. Jeb Bush’s top political adviser for more than a decade and in 2008 worked on the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Shane Strum, the chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist who has stayed on to help with Gov. Rick Scott's transition, has been named vice chancellor of business development at Keiser University.
Tallahassee insiders form communications consulting firm
Robert Sparks and Rich Ramos have partnered to form Ramos & Sparks Group, a Tallahassee consulting firm specializing in communications and strategic planning. Sparks was previously communications director for the Republican Party of Florida. His public-sector experience includes working for the Department of Environmental Protection and Crist when he was attorney general and governor. Ramos worked for former U.S. Rep. Ray McGrath, R-NY, Charter Schools USA and the Broward Republican Party as executive director. He formed Global Strategies Consulting after serving as Crist's policy director in the attorney general's office and leading the Council on Efficient Government.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, who lost to tea party candidate Allen West, joined Holland & Knight's public policy regulation group as a partner. He will work in offices in South Florida and Washington, D.C., the firm announced last week.
Scott picked corporate head-hunter Elaine Jordan for a new position in the governor's office: director of personnel and appointments. Before taking the state job, Jordan was managing director of Fiderion, a management-consulting firm specializing in executive search and advisory services, and a senior associate with Korn Ferry, another executive search firm.
Scott knocked off two agency head appointments Monday: Dr. Frank Farmer will be the state's surgeon general. The role makes him the state's chief medical officer and gives him control of the Department of Health. Scott also announced that Liz Dudek, interim secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, will keep her job.
Scott named two women to the Governor's Mansion Commission last week. Susan H. Mullican, 51, a community volunteer and consultant for the Carlise Collection, will finish the term of Carol Price, which ends in September. Kathleen C. Rooney, 55, will succeed Mary Ellen Stipanovich. Her term ends Sept. 30, 2014.
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