Romney campaign adds Calif. staffers

romney.jpgRepublican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced some new Golden State campaign staffers today, picking a pair of senior advisers with decidedly different views of the state’s most popular Republican.

Coronado Communications, led by Duane Dichiara, will head up his campaign’s daily operations in California, with Rob Stutzman and Mike Schroeder named senior advisers; they join previously announced state chairmen Tony Strickland and Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine.

“California will play an important role in the upcoming primary elections, and this team will be critical in making sure every voter knows about my message of change in Washington,” Romney said in a news release. “I look forward to working with them so we can bring conservative leadership back to our government.”

Stutzman, you may recall, is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former deputy chief of staff for communications, and co-directed communications for the governor’s 2003 campaign; he’s now a principal at Navigators, a national lobbying and political PR firm. Earlier, he co-founded CommandFocus, a Sacramento-based political communications firm; earlier yet he was a GOP campaign communications and Internet consultant; and he was communications director for former state Attorney General Dan Lungren, now a Congressman from Gold River.

Schroeder has been the California Republican Party‘s treasurer, vice-chairman and chairman, as well as national vice chairman of the New Majority Council for the Republican National Committee. He was the state co-chair for President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 campaign; Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign; and President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign. Most recently, he was political director of State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s campaign last year. Also, he’s an outspoken critic of Schwarzenegger, so it should be fun watching him and Stutzman work together.

And Coronado’s hundreds of clients have included Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-San Diego; state Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach; and Assemblywoman Shirley Horton, R-Chula Vista.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.