Staff Profile: Governor Corbett’s Re-Election Team

Meet the staffers who are working to re-elect Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.

Mike Barley, Campaign Manager

Mike Barley has been running the Corbett-Cawley re-elect effort since April and has a deep history of ties with the state Republican Party. Prior to joining the Corbett campaign, Barley had been Executive Director of the PA GOP for two years. Before that he served as Communications Director and head of the Technology Department for the state party. Mike is a Hummelstown native and graduated from Millersville University. He currently lives in Palmyra.

Nan McLaughlin, Finance Director

Nan McLaughlin and Tom Corbett go back a long way. She worked on the Governor’s 2004 campaign for Attorney General in 2004 as a senior advisor and returned in the same role for his 2008 re-election. McLaughlin then went on to become the Finance Director for Corbett’s initial 2010 campaign for Governor. She will be back again in that position for the Governor’s re-election effort. McLaughlin served as a Deputy Chief of Staff back in the Ridge Administration.

Mike Downing, Political Director

Mike Downing is a long-time Corbett staffer who is making the jump from Harrisburg to the campaign staff. Downing was most recently a Deputy Director in the Governor’s Public Liaison office. In 2011, Downing served as the Governor’s Director of Correspondence. Prior to that, he was deputy political director for the state Republican Party.

Chris Pack, Communications Director

Chris Pack joined the Corbett-Cawley campaign as communications director in March 2014.  He previously served as a communications director and press secretary in Washington, D.C.  He is a native of Buffalo, NY and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.

Bob Salera, Research Director

Bob Salera is an attorney and former Director of Correspondence for Governor Corbett. He previously worked for the state Republican Party as Western Regional Manager in 2012 and as a field staffer in Washington County in 2010.  Bob is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Ashley Jordan, Deputy Finance Director

Ashley Jordan has been Deputy Finance Director to the Corbett-Cawley re-elect team since the 2010 campaign ended. She started working for the Governor back during his first gubernatorial race in 2010 as a public policy intern. Additionally, she served on Corbett’s Inaugural Committee in 2011.

Doug Rickards, Comptroller

Rickards is another long-time Corbett aide. He worked for then-Attorney General Corbett during his first bid for Governor in 2010.

Billy Pitman, Press Secretary

Pitman was promoted to the position of campaign press secretary last month. He was previously a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party and worked in 2012 for the RNC in their unsuccessful effort to carry the Keystone State for Mitt Romney. Pitman is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. In the immortal feud between Duke and UNC, Pitman supports the Blue Devils.

Jess Valen, Press Assistant

Jess Valen started as an intern for the Republican Party of PA in 2010.  After college, she started working for the Corbett administration before joining the Corbett-Cawley Campaign in May.  Valen graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is originally from San Diego, California.

Darin Bartholomew, Travel Assistant

Darin Bartholomew joined the Corbett-Cawley team after his graduation from Temple University. Last year Darin was the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and in 2010 he was a volunteer on the Governor’s campaign.

Jake Felker, Staffer

Felker got his start as an intern for Tom Corbett’s first campaign for governor in 2010. He also worked for Corbett’s Inaugural Committee. In 2011, he became the state Republican Party South Central Regional Field Director. He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is a native of Middletown.

Vince Paese, Staff Assistant

Paese is a relative newcomer to the staff. He began interning with the campaign over the summer after graduating from American University last spring. As of the fall, Paese is joining the campaign full-time as a staff assistant. He is from the Harrisburg area.

23 Responses

  1. C’mon, what’s the big deal? That’s not even poverty wages. He’d have had to take anoehtr $2 to have accepted enough to get a single person above the poverty line. That barely counts as a gift.

  2. I have been looking for a reason to vote for Governor Corbett again. But after his disastrous 1 BILLON dollar cut to education, than the 28 cent per gallon tax increase, and his turning down the Medicaid money that severely affected veterans (of which I am one) health care, I see no way that I can vote for him this time. Also whoever is running his campaign should be fired for the asinine commercials with the blond actress, and now the guy in the blue shirt who apparently doesn’t know that Tom Wolf has a first name. If this is the best that his re-election team can come up with, he deserves to lose!

  3. Chris Martinez: Concerning you comment “… but sew has guevenor corbit and he gonna keep suportng vets too”

    If the Governor truly supported Veterans, as you claim, then he would have accepted the Medicaid Expansion. Because the Governor has not accepted or implemented Medicaid Expansion, there is/are around 47,000+ Veterans in PA without medical insurance.

    Now please tell me again, and all of the Vets in PA, how is guevenor corbit gonna keep suportng vets too.

  4. “Unsanctioned R on August 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm said:
    PAINDY making comparisons to Nazis–must be auditioning for MSNBC. Stay tuned, tomorrow he brands all Republicans racists. #YoureHired”

    Paindy. while the post has truth, the comparisons are extreme to say the least. Although this isn’t my father’s Repblican party anymore. I blame much on Fox News and the Tea Party for this. Just MHO.

  5. Joe Eastman: Are you on Team-Corbett? This is how lies and non-truths are spread.

    Mike Stack is in the PA National Guard, and during his time in the PA Senate he has supported, stood up for, and helped move any and all legislation that protects and benefits Veterans, as well as those currently serving. Sen. Stack has also stood steadfast against legislation which could have proven harmful to Veterans, as well as to those currently in active NG and USAR programs. You need to get your facts straight before making such irresponsible statements.

  6. I hope after Corbett gets spanked in historic fashion he works hard to give these staffers the soft landing that Tomalis got. They can’t help that their boss is a schlump.

  7. Based on this story, it is apparent that Attorney General Tom Corbett’s staff prosecutors at OAG would have indicted Corbett for “shelving” campaign workers in state jobs while waiting for the next election cycle.

    Obviously all politicians use the best talent they can get and are loyal to them in the off years. Corbett failed to teach this fact to Fina & his fellow prosecutors. Good people were destroyed while Corbett continues to demonstrate his abuse of the system.

  8. As per PAIndy1, the professional mourners have been assembled to sing the praises of the deceased.

    “not to mention you’re talking to a dead man.”

  9. guvenoer cobiett aint need no electun staff cuz he gonna win anuther term ina land slide. the way it works in penna is guvs of each party get 8 yrs in office then the guevornor of the udder party get 8 yrs to be guv.

  10. My name is Gary Richards. I have an ad idea for Gov. Corbett.THIS AD will do much to pull his bacon out of the fire. With your marketing expertise,this type of ad will do much, and I would like to discuss it with someone on this team. I have sent myself a dated, non opened certified letter, to protect the idea from being stolen. My small company is ReGeneration and this is part of what we do. Thank you for your response. I can be reached by phone at; 570-335-7702. While you might discount this, please do not do it before we speak. The Governor will love this ad, and I will send it to him right after the election, which will too late to help him, or you. Most sincerely,
    Gary Richards

  11. PAINDY making comparisons to Nazis–must be auditioning for MSNBC. Stay tuned, tomorrow he brands all Republicans racists. #YoureHired

  12. TO ALL PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS:

    The tax increases that Tom Wolf and Mike Stack are proposing will be devastating to Pennsylvania’s veterans. They will not be able to distance themselves from these increases. Please pass to our veterans community.

  13. DO OF ANY YOU KNOW WHERE THE TOMALIS FAREWELL PARTY IS: THE GOVERNOR’S CAPITOL OFFICE, THE SCULPTURE COURTYARD AT THE MANSION OR AN UNIDENTIFIED HARRISBURG PARKING GARAGE? REALLY WANT TO GO!

  14. THESE ARE GOOD PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LET DOWN BY ACTING GOVERNOR BRABENDER, BABY BRIAN NUTT (NOT ROGER) , THE AICHELES, THE BAKERS, AND CHUCK ZOGBY. I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU; BUT NOT AS SORRY AS I DO FOR CORBETT DONORS WHO DESERVE A REFUND. THE SLAUGHTER IS COMING AND WILL ACTING GOVERNOR BRABENDER TAKE RESPONSIBLITY FOR WHAT HE HATH WROUGHT? I AM SURE YOU ARE SUBJECTED TO CHEERY MORALE BOOSTING SPEECHES. HERE IS A REALLY GOOD ONE FROM JO GOEBBELLS IN 1945, NOT A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR THAT TEAM EITHER! SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE! http://youtu.be/qAZqkQvopL0

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