John Hanger’s campaign for Governor announced today that they have hired Roger J. Cohen as their new Political Director. His roles will involve reaching out to party officials and constituencies as well as coordinating with the communications team.
“In addition to his political savvy, Roger brings to our team an intense commitment to the core principles of our campaign: policy first, politics second, and real solutions to the issues that make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians,” Hanger said.
Cohen, who currently lives in Lancaster, is a former journalist for the NJ-based newspaper The Bergen Record. In fact, he wrote a flattering piece on Hanger earlier this year for his consulting firm AutoKthonous Strategies.
This latest hire spotlights a trend of Hanger looking outside the box when it comes to hiring political operatives. His communications manager Jan Jarrett, for example, was his successor at PennFuture, an environmental group.
This is not to say that Cohen has little experience, however, on the contrary he has served in various political offices for several decades. In the 1980’s he was the district director and head of statewide political affairs for Rep. Rob Torricelli of New Jersey. He then became a senior communications and policy counselor for the Executive Director’s Office at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
More recently, he has served as co-field manager in the Clearfield County, PA office of the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and press secretary for the County Executive of Essex County, NJ.
John Hanger served in Ed Rendell’s campaign from 2008 to 2011 as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Other Democratic gubernatorial candidates include, fellow DEP Secretary Katie McGinty, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, and Secretary of the Department of Revenue Tom Wolf. State Treasurer Rob McCord is also widely believed to be seeking the nomination although he has yet to officially announce.