Shuster COS Joins Red Maverick Media
Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R-Blair) Chief of Staff Robert Simms has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of this month to join Red Maverick Media – a Republican political consulting firm with offices in PA, Maine, and D.C. – as a senior consultant.
The group works with direct mail, TV and digital media.
Simms said this transition has been “in the works” for some time, but was delayed by completion of the Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee, MAP-21.
Simms was the liaison between the GOP congressional delegation and state lawmakers during the redistricting process.
Ray Zaborney, a long-time Shuster adviser, co-founded the group with Jen Holman Zaborney and Mike Leavitt, a former RNC Chief of Staff.
Zaborney said his work with the Rep. offered him the chance to get to know Simms, who Zaborney is excited to have on board.
“We had talked about this for some time, and with the stakes of this election, it seemed like the timing couldn’t be better,” Zaborney said. “Rob is going to help us service our current clients, grow our business, and help elect Republicans across the country for years to come.”
Simms said Shuster would make the announcement about his replacement in the next few days. He’s also the former Deputy Secretary of State of Georgia, and has been Shuster’s COS since late 2010.
Update: Shuster named Stephen Martinko to be his new Chief of Staff August 1, along with a few other staff promotions.