GOP convention announces additions to leadership team

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The 2012 Republican National Convention today announced that four of the nation’s most respected political operatives will manage the official program, conduct floor operations and help support communications for the August 27-30 event.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be able to engage this tremendously savvy group of seasoned political veterans,” said Committee on Arrangements Chief Executive Officer William Harris.  “They’ll bring to the convention a formidable set of skills, both individually and collectively.”

The appointments Harris announced today were:

Todd Cranney, currently deputy political director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, will be director of delegate outreach.  Before joining the Romney campaign, Cranney was deputy campaign manager and political director for Meg Whitman’s 2010 campaign for governor of California. He was Romney’s 2008 western regional political director and served as field representative for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign in California and Nevada. Cranney began his political career as a staff assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Tony Feather will serve as director of whip operations. Feather is a Missouri-based political professional and is highly regarded for his decades of experience in grassroots voter contact. A principal in the firm FLS, Feather also served as political director for President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.

Jim Dyke will serve as senior advisor and will support convention communications. Dyke is a founder and president of the Washington-based firm JDA Frontline. Dyke has worked on four presidential campaigns, managed a congressional race and served as a senior advisor to President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Before starting his own business, he served as communications director for the Republican National Committee.

Anne Hathaway will serve as convention program director. Hathaway, a former Republican National Committee chief of staff, is an Indiana-based campaign veteran whose experience ranges from volunteering in local congressional races to working in the White House, where she was an assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle. Hathaway will coordinate convention program activities.

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