Republican Governors Association communications director Mike Schrimpf is leaving Washington to work for a likely candidate for Illinois governor.
The hire is a boost for Chicago private equity executive Bruce Rauner, who created an exploratory committee last month. […]
Republicans now control 30 governorships and the RGA views Illinois as probably its best pick-up opportunity next year. […]
“Bruce is an incredibly impressive and successful businessman, who cuts a great profile – a results-oriented reformer – for a potential gubernatorial candidate in Illinois,” Schrimpf told POLITICO in an email. “Illinois is in desperate need of reform and I believe it will take someone from outside Springfield to get the job done.”
It could be a “boost,” but, then again, Rauner has nobody on his staff who truly understands Illinois politics. This ain’t some parachute-in state.
Schrimpf has served at RGA since 2008. He previously served as Communications Director for the Center for Competitive Politics. He got his start working in Hamilton County government in Cincinnati, OH.
Schrimpf is a 2005 graduate of Tufts University.
Any advice for Mr. Schrimpf?