Leach Announces Campaign Team
State Sen. Daylin Leach unveiled the team of staffers and consultants who will manage his bid for Congress. The list includes some familiar names.
Leach is the second candidate to file in the race for Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s congressional seat (she is expected to run for Governor rather than re-election). Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, a physician and activist, has also filed to run.
State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila) and former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel also appear to be gearing up for the campaign.
“This is the best team that anyone could put together to run and win a congressional campaign in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them,” said Leach. Several of the names are staffers and vendors who worked with him at the Pa. Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.
In other PA-13 news, progressive leader Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and his Blue America PAC endorsed Leach, calling him, “a real leader and a courageous fighting progressive.”
Here are the politicos who comprise Leach’s campaign. Their bios are from the Leach campaign release:
Senior Advisor: Aren Platt
Aren Platt worked as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee in 2012, managing the election efforts and directly overseeing each of the targeted Senate races. Prior to that, he has worked on campaigns in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania at the local, state, and federal levels including Ed Rendell’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and Chris Carney’s 2008 congressional campaign. In 2012, Platt was named as one of PoliticsPA’s top political operatives.
Fundraising Consultant: Vanessa Gervasi DeRose
Vanessa Gervasi DeRose is a veteran fundraiser with more than 10 years of experience raising political funds across Pennsylvania. In 2010, DeRose served as the finance director for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, where she led the Committee’s efforts raising a record $8 million. In the past, DeRose raised funds for candidates at all levels of Democratic politics including Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and State Rep. Mike Gerber. DeRose came to Pennsylvania in 2001 to work on Ed Rendell’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign where she served as Deputy Finance Director helping raise more than $44 million.
Mail: Dan Fee, The Echo Group
The Echo Group is one of Pennsylvania’s premier strategic communications firms, specializing in political campaigns and difficult public policy related issues. Led by Dan Fee, The Echo Group has worked with candidates for federal, state, and local public office. Among its successes are Ed Rendell’s 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns, Seamus McCaffery’s 2007 Supreme Court election, Seth Williams’ 2009 primary victory as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee’s pick-up of three seats in 2012. Fee has been named one of PoliticsPA’s top political operatives.
Media Consultants: Tad Devine and Julian Mulvey, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh
Together, the partners of their firm have produced advertising campaigns for 25 winning U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, 22 winning U.S. House races, and 10 winning campaigns for president and prime minister around the world. In 2012 they helped the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee pick-up three seats in the state Senate, the largest pick-up for PA Democrats in 42 years. Devine and Mulvey’s experience in the state goes back a decade and a half, and includes Lynne Abraham’s victory for Philadelphia District Attorney, Bob Casey for Auditor General, and Chris Carney’s story-book victory for U.S. Congress in 2006.
Polling: Marc Silverman, Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies
Marc Silverman started Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies in January 2010 after spending four years at a nationally recognized polling firm. In 2012, Silverman polled for Congressman Matt Cartwright, who won one of the most closely watched and hotly contested congressional primaries in Pennsylvania in 2012, and for the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee during their historic 2012 cycle. Prior to becoming a pollster, Silverman managed several campaigns from Governor to U.S. Congress. Silverman also worked for the National Economic Council in the White House during the Clinton Administration, focusing on energy, telecommunications, and environmental issues.
Campaign Counsel: Adam Bonin
Adam Bonin is one of the region’s most sought-after and respected attorneys in the political law field, with deep experience in federal, state, and local campaign finance law as well as voter protection matters. Bonin served as deputy county counsel for Obama for America in Philadelphia in the 2012 election, and was lead Election Day counsel for all courtroom matters. In addition, Bonin is the chair of NetRoots Nation, is a native of the 13th Congressional District – born and raised in Somerton, and is a graduate of George Washington High School, Amherst College, and The University of Chicago Law School.
Deputy Finance Director: Meghan Lane
Meghan Lane has most recently worked on Kathy Boockvar’s congressional campaign. Bookvar was the EMILY’s list endorsed candidate and raised $1.5 million.
Disclosure: Bonin does legal work for Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy, whose principal Larry Ceisler is an owner of PoliticsPA.