Scott Walker Super PAC Staffs Up

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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The super PAC supporting likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, announced a couple of new hires Tuesday, Politico reports.

Former top National Republican Senatorial Committee official Brad Dayspring and former Republican National Committee social media manager Brittany Cohan are joining the Unintimidated PAC, which announced two months ago would be led by Keith Gilkes, Stephan Thompson, and James McCray.

Cohan will serve as the PAC’s senior adviser for digital media, specializing in blogger outreach.

“Unintimidated PAC will play a large role in introducing Governor Walker … and his record of fighting for ‘big, bold, conservative reforms’ to primary voters,” Dayspring told Politico. “Republicans have a field of strong candidates this cycle, but what makes Governor Walker so appealing to voters is that when push comes to shove, he never blinks. He fights and he wins — in a blue state, no less. When he promises to fight for them, they know he’ll actually do it and deliver results.”

Gilkes recently served as senior adviser for Walker’s 2014 re-election, manager for the 2012 recall campaign as well as managed Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial 2010 campaign and served as Walker’s first chief of staff during the Act 10 reforms, debate and protests.

The PAC’s deputy executive director is Thompson, Walker’s campaign manager during his 2014 re-election. Thompson previously served as executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and was deputy campaign manager for Walker’s 2010 campaign.

McCray, the managing partner of Washington, D.C.-based Highwood Capital, LLC, is the National Finance Director for the Unintimidated PAC. McCray advised several U.S. senators, most recently for Sens. Steve Daines and Thom Tillis,  as well as governors, presidential campaigns, national coalitions and corporations.

The PAC is expected to make another announcement on staffing next week. The website is currently only one page with a donor contribute function and email add request form. Walker is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency in a few weeks after Wisconsin’s state budget is wrapped up.