House Speaker Richard Corcoran's Watchdog PAC has hired Jamestown Associates, the Philadelphia-based Republican media firm that shaped Donald Trump's TV ad campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The firm's CEO, Larry Weitzner, and Barney Keller will provide strategic advice to Corcoran as he considers a possible run for governor of Florida next year. They will join with the Fort Lauderdale-based pollster Tony Fabrizio, who has advised Gov. Rick Scott in addition to a long list of GOP candidates around the country. Adding Jamestown Associates is likely to accomplish the obvious goal of generating more buzz about Corcoran's political plans.
"Speaker Corcoran founded Watchdog PAC with the intent that it would spread the message of conservative reform across Florida," said Watchdog PAC chairman James Blair. "We will continue to build an organization of people that will help achieve that goal."
Remember Trump's "Deplorables" TV spot? That was the work of Jamestown Associates. Weitzner also was involved with a pro-Trump "super PAC" in the 2016 election. The Washington Post ran this enlightening piece on Weitzner's Trump ad strategy last December.