Altmire Hires a New Manager
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Rep. Jason Altmire has a new campaign manager, he announced today. Just in time for his primary battle with Rep. Mark Critz. Angela Ruslander is a former staffer for Rep. Bruce Bailey (D-IA), SEIU, and the successful 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate effort in Delaware.
It’s an interesting move for Altmire, whose organization has a reputation for keeping it in the family.
Ruslander joins Abigail Silverman, a veteran of Altmire’s 2010 campaign, currently serving as Altmire’s fundraising assistant and director of new media. Rachael Heisler, now based in Washington, D.C., managed Altmire’s successful 2010 campaign and continues as his political advisor and Finance Director.
She will square off against Mike Mikus who led both of Critz’s successful 2010 campaigns and Rich Fitzgerald’s surprising victory in the primary for Allegheny County Executive. Perhaps most interesting, Mikus will be working against his former boss: he managed Altmire’s 2008 race against former Rep. Melissa Hart.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Keith Rothfus is in the process of hiring a new CM. Current manager Steph Miller will pursue another opportunity, and is organizing and hiring staff in preparation for the transition.
“It has been my intention and Keith’s all along that I would transition out around the first of the year,” Miller said.
Rothfus remains the only declared GOP candidate. Pa. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai is rumored to be considering a bid; Pa. Rep. Jim Christiana ruled out a run.