Complete list of Doug Gansler’s new campaign hires


Doug Gansler announced new members of his campaign today via an email (found below.) The Washington Post focused on his new campaign manager Antigone Davis, who is replacing Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold. The other additions are listed as well.

From: Doug Gansler <>
Date: December 20, 2013
Subject: Exciting Progress, A Campaign Update

Dear John,

Our campaign to Build Our Best Maryland has made exciting progress over the past month.

As Jolene Ivey and I have campaigned around the state, we have been talking about how we will improve the lives of hard working Marylanders by —

Creating jobs and attracting new businesses to Maryland through such things as a robust youth apprenticeship program so students can get both a high school degree and skills training in the field of their choice, creating a pipeline to middle class jobs. Watch video.

Closing the education achievement gap by, for example, expanding pre-k and ensuring every child with vision problems gets the eyeglasses they need to succeed. Watch video.

Calling on Maryland’s health insurance companies to cease sending cancellation letters and instead provide clear information regarding insurance options, while the Maryland Healthcare Exchange gets up and running, so Marylanders without health insurance can get the healthcare they need.

Today, I am excited to announce updates to our campaign team, but before I do that, let me take a second to reintroduce you to our extraordinary team of consultants.

Our media consultants are Bill Knapp and Doug Thornell of SKD Knickerbocker, which is the only firm in the country to have played a role in the last five presidential campaigns. Our pollster is Mark Mellman, who is one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers. Mark counts among his clients Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Whip Steny Hoyer. In addition, our outstanding team includes finance consultant Rachael Rice, direct mail consultant Andrew Kennedy, research consultants Jeff Klueter and Molly Chapman Norton, and digital media consultants Isaac Salazar and Henri Makembe.

Additionally, veteran political strategist Jay Marlin joined our campaign as senior advisor a month ago. He already has made a real impact on our campaign. Jay will work closely with Antigone Davis in the day-to-day running of the campaign. A former Managing Director at SKDKnickerbocker, Jay has been a campaign/media consultant, campaign manager and communications director working on presidential, statewide and congressional races, including being a member of the national media teams for President Obama and Clinton and developing advertising for Democratic Senate wins in Connecticut, Ohio, and North Carolina.

We are bolstering our campaign staff by adding political and campaign veterans — who will be led by my long-time senior advisor Antigone Davis. Antigone successfully ran my 2006 and 2010 Attorney General campaigns. In addition, Antigone is an accomplished attorney with a law degree from the University of Chicago, who served as a senior advisor in the Attorney General’s office, working on issues ranging from intergovernmental affairs to helping Maryland homeowners obtain the benefits of a $1 billion – plus mortgage foreclosure settlement. Antigone knows campaigns; she understands government; and she knows Maryland. Jolene and I feel lucky to have her serve as day-to-day campaign manager.

For the past half year, our campaign has been led by Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold. Mudcat has done a terrific job, and will remain a valued consultant through the end of the year. I want to publicly thank Mudcat for all his hard work in leading this campaign through a successful launch. I wish him all the best going forward.

We have also made the following extraordinary additions to our team—

Policy consultant Christie Gross has joined our campaign to help us continue developing policies to improve the lives of Maryland families. An issues consultant to the Democratic Governors Association, Christie has over 10 years of experience advising candidates on issues. Her winning campaigns include: Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado, and Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky. Christie will work closely with Issues Director Amber Khan.

Capitol Hill veteran Katie Hill has joined the campaign as Press Secretary/Deputy Communications Director. Katie served for two years as Press Secretary to Congressman Jim Cooper. Prior to coming to Washington, Katie was senior account executive at the largest public relations firm in Tennessee. Recently, Katie was Press Secretary for Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Katie will work closely with Communications Director Bob Wheelock and Communications Consultant Doug Thornell.

Katie Baker, former research analyst at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee, and an Amherst grad, has joined the campaign as Research Director. With both a legal and political background, Katie will work closely with our Communications and Issues Department.

Wanika Fisher has joined the campaign as a political aide to Jolene Ivey. A graduate of Penn State Law School, Wanika will work closely with Jolene on political matters and community outreach.

With this strong campaign team, Jolene and I will continue to run a campaign focused on building a stronger Maryland for everyone — by improving Maryland’s economy, closing the achievement gap in our schools, addressing income inequality, and improving the lives of hard-working families.

If you are unwilling to accept the status quo — and believe we can Build Our Best Maryland — join us and please make a contribution TODAY of $35, $70 or $150. Or sign up to volunteer.

Together, we can Build Our Best Maryland.


Friends of Doug Gansler, P.O. Box 31102 Bethesda, MD 20824
By authority of “Friends of Doug Gansler.” Hon. Joseph D. Tydings, Chair; Jeanne M. McLane, Treasurer

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