State Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder) isn’t taking any chances. He announced that several experienced GOP hands joined his campaign team.
“Coming from the private sector, I know the importance of making the right hiring decisions to ensure success,” Keller said in a release. “That’s why I’m very excited about the campaign leadership team we are putting together.”
Jon Anzur, who most recently managed Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, will be the campaign manager for Keller. Previous stops for Anzur also include managing Barletta’s successful re-election to Congress in 2016 and working for Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration and for the Pennsylvania House Republican Communications Department.
Nan McLaughlin, arguably the most prominent GOP fundraiser in PA, will serve as the finance director for the Keller campaign. Her 25-plus year career includes a number of senior advisor roles in state government, on political campaigns and in the private sector. She also worked for both Govs. Tom Ridge and Tom Corbett.
Quantum Communications, who helped Keller win five state House elections, will be the general consultant for the campaign. The consulting group was founded by Charlie Gerow in 2001.
The setup is a contrast from the 2018 special in PA18, when GOP operatives from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to DC grumbled that State Rep. Rick Saccone didn’t have the operational support necessary to defeat Conor Lamb.
For comparison, the 2019 configuration of PA12 went for Trump over Clinton by 35 plus points. Lamb eked out his win in a PA18 seat that Trump won by 20 points.