Prez candidates name CA campaign talent

Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain announced some key California players in their campaigns today.

giuliani.jpgBrent Lowder will be Giuliani’s California executive director, overseeing the campaign’s daily statewide operation; Thomas Roberts will serve as California political director with Jessica Patterson as his deputy; and Steve Frank will be the coalitions director in charge of growing the grassroots effort. (More on each of them after the jump.)

mccain.jpgMeanwhile, McCain named Gerald Parsky — chairman of the Aurora Capital Group investment firm in Los Angeles and a University of California regent, but more importantly, one of California’s foremost GOP movers and shakers, who has received presidential appointments from each of the last five Republican administrations — as his senior economic adviser. The only other Californian among the three dozen or so economic policy advisers McCain named today was Stanford University economics professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow John Taylor, a former Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs.

Lowder for the past decade has been a senior staffer on various state and local Republican campaigns, including his 2002 stint with GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon — who worked for Giuliani when both were federal prosecutors long ago in New York, and who now is Giuliani’s national policy director. Earlier, Lowder worked on Matt Fong’s unsuccessful 1998 U.S. Senate campaign and Pete Wilson’s successful 1994 gubernatorial re-election bid.

Roberts was the Washington state GOP‘s political director for the 2006 election cycle; during the 2004 presidential election, he was a field representative for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Washington state and in Ohio. He also directed the northeastern Mississippi 72-hour program for Haley Barbour’s successful gubernatorial bid in 2003. Most recently, he has worked within the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Patterson just helped Santa Clara County GOP chairman Keen Butcher win an internal party election to be president of the state GOP’s California County Chairmen’s Association. She also has been a state GOP regional political director covering the Central Coast, Central Valley, and the Bay Area, and she was executive director of the Ventura County Republican Party during the 2004 and 2005 election cycles.

And last but not least, Frank — whom most people reading political blogs would know as the publisher of California News and Views — is a former president of the California Republican Assembly, the conservative grassroots offshoot of the party. He also was active in Ronald Reagan’s 1966 gubernatorial run and his 1976 and 1980 presidential runs; served as the California Republican Party‘s Parliamentarian; and was a deputy political director of Bill Simon’s gubernatorial campaign.

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.