Republican 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.