Simmons Hires McCain Veteran For Campaign
Republican Rob Simmons has hired Jim Barnett, a native New Englander and veteran of John McCain's presidential campaign, to lead his senatorial campaign.
In a press release issued this morning, the campaign touts Barnett's credentials. At 33, he has worked in politics for nearly a dozen years and is steeped in a GOP culture that's distinct to New England. He helped revive John McCain's flagging New Hampshire campaign and led the Arizona Republican to victory there.
"Jim is one of the top political professionals in the country and I'm excited to put his talents to work building the strongest grassroots campaign in Connecticut history," Simmons said in the release. "Jim has a proven track record of success on the most difficult political terrain in the nation. His expertise and leadership of my campaign will be critical as I remind every voter that 'public office is a public trust' that must be respected."
Barnett, a native of Vermont, served as chairman of the Republican party in his home state and as a member of Governor James Douglas' senior staff. He was also Douglas' deputy campaign manager, overseeing his come-from-behind 2002 victory against the incumbent lieutenant governor.
Simmons, a former congressman from Stonington, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Christopher Dodd. Another Republican, state Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri of Waterbury, has also announced his intention to run.
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