Scott Brion, the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, announced his campaign team yesterday via press release. He is running to unseat two-term Republican incumbent Tom Marino.
“I’m running for Congress, because like most Pennsylvanians, I’m tired of watching our elected leaders play political games instead of working together to strengthen our country,” he said. “As a first time candidate, I am very excited to have assembled a team of outstanding campaign professionals with Pennsylvania and national experience to help build a winning campaign.”
Brion’s team is as follows:
1. Marc Silverman, Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies
Marc Silverman and Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies will be serving as Brion’s polling firm. In 2012, Silverman polled for Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (PA-17) successful primary campaign, allowing him to unseat an incumbent of the same party. In the same year, Silverman polled for the PA Senate Democratic Caucus, assisting them in claiming three previously Republican seats. Prior to founding Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies, Silverman worked at Anzalone Liszt Research, a nationally recognized polling firm, for four years. In addition to success as a pollster, Silverman has also managed both congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and worked on the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.
2. Michael Bronstein and Matthew Weaver, Bronstein & Weaver, Inc.
Michael Bronstein and Matthew Weaver’s firm will be serving as Brion’s Direct Mail Consultant. Thanks to their lengthy client list and success in tough campaigns at every level of government, Bronstein and Weaver have been recognized with several admirable titles, including “Democratic Dream Team” of American political consultants, Politics Magazine’s Rising Star, and Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s 500 “Most Influential” political consultants in the country. Every year since 2009, Bronstein & Weaver, Inc. has either won or been a finalist for the Stanley F. Reed award for excellence in political advertising, succeeding in such categories as “Best Bare-knuckled Street Fight Victory,” “Best Campaign Comeback,” and “Toughest Radio Ad.”
3. Dan Rabin, Adam Strasberg, and David Hamrick, RSH Campaigns
RSH Campaigns will be acting as Brion’s media consultant. Rabin, Strasberg, and Hamrick – all founders of the firm – together have more than 50 years of experience in political campaigns. The firm has created advertising strategies for several campaigns in PA. Prior to founding RSH Campaigns, Hamrick served as Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was a senior adviser to President Obama’s 2008 general election campaign in PA.
4. Nick Daggers, Vice President, The CFO Consulting Group
Nick Daggers and the CFO Consulting Group will be assisting Brion with fundraising strategy. Daggers started his career as a field organizer serving former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s 2008 presidential campaign. He then worked as a fundraiser for Debbie Halvorson’s (IL-D) campaign for Congress in 2008 and Bill Foster’s (IL-D) campaigns in 2010 and 2012. He has fundraised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates.
5. Lisa Meade, Campaign Coordinator
Lisa has been involved in PA politics for the past decade, working for both the PA House of Representatives Democratic Caucus and former-Governor Ed Rendell.
Brion, a first-time candidate, hopes to unseat Marino in order to give the 10th District a fresh start. “I want to represent the 10th district because rural Pennsylvania needs real
representation as we face the impacts of natural gas development, a poor economy and
challenges from cuts to education and other vital services,” he said. “We deserve better than career politicians who care more about their own political party than about the people they are supposed to represent.”
The 10th District includes Bradford, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, and Wayne counties.