Ashley Walker, the former Florida chief for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, will head a new public affairs consulting firm with the strategists tapped to lead a potential Miami Dolphins referendum campaign.
Mercury Florida will bring together national firm Mercury with Floridian Partners, whose team includes Rodney Barreto, chair of the South Florida Super Bowl Committee, and Brian May, a County Hall lobbyist for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins have reached out to Mercury's Michael McKeon, who knows Dolphins owner Stephen Ross from New York, Walker and Eric Jotkoff, Obama's former Florida campaign spokesoman, to shape the football team's political strategy. The Dolphins are hoping the county will hold a May special election to approve a potential financing deal to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Read the release -- which makes no mention of the Dolphins -- after the jump.