Bob Graham-Campaign Organization
Bob Graham for President, Inc.
Sen. Graham filed papers establishing Bob Graham for President, Inc. on February 26, 2003.
Headquarters:  7333 Miami Lakes Drive #239, Miami Lakes, FL
Note: In an Aug. 6, 2003 entry in the campaign's blog Bill Silver wrote that the "entire national headquarters staff of Bob Graham for President has just moved into a very significant new office" in the Andrew Jackson Building in Governor's Square.
Campaign Manager Paul Johnson
In 2002 Johnson served as senior advisor on Mark Pryor's campaign in Arkansas, helping oust Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R).  He has served as executive director of the DSCC.  He managed Ted Muenster's 1990 Senate race against Sen. Larry Pressler in South Dakota, worked for Bob Kerry in 1988, and Tom Daschle in 1986.  In 1984 Johnson worked in several primary states for Walter Mondale presidential campaign.
Political Director Tommy Thompson
Campaign manager for Sen. Max Cleland's unsuccessful 2002 re-election campaign.

NortheastJessie Walker
MidwestColin Odea
WesternAlexandria Marcus
Communications Director  Steve Jarding
Directed Sen. John Edwards' leadership PAC, the New American Optimists, from Jan. 2002 to the end of the year (continued on looking for a role with Edwards' presidential campaign, but negotiations finished in February 2003).  Managed Mark Warner's campaign for governor of Virginia in 2001.  Worked for Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) for many years through to 1998, when Kerrey left the Senate. 
rural strategy  Dave "Mudcat" Saunders
Worked with Jarding developing rural strategy at New American Optimists and on Mark Warner's 2001 gubernatorial campaign.
Press Secretary Jamal Simmons
(Resigned start of October 2003) Simmons recently served as communications director for Sen. Max Cleland’s (D-GA) 2002 re-election campaign.  In 1999-2000 he worked as administrative assistant/chief of staff to Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit), and during the fall campaign he worked for the DNC.  He was a press assistant to Mickey Kantor at USTR and worked with Kantor at the Department of Commerce.  Simmons was an aide on then-Gov. Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.  A Detroit native, he holds a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and a master's from the Kennedy School of Government (1998).
Press Secretary Kristian Denny
Worked as deputy communications director for the Iowa Democrats' coordinated campaign in 2002.  Previously public relations director at the National Journal Group.  Spokeswoman for Sen. Patti Murray.  Florida native.
Press Secretary Mo Elleithee
(Announced August 6, 2003; start August 18, 2003)  In 2002 Elleithee was campaign manager for Janet Reno during her primary campaign for governor and he worked on Bill McBride's general election campaign.  He worked on the Mark Warner for Governor campaign in 2001 and on the Chuck Robb for Senate campaign in 2000.  Elleithee served as New Hampshire press secretary for Bill Bradley's presidential campaign.  In 1998 he worked on the Tom Udall for Congress campaign in New Mexico and the Paul Johnson for Governor campaign in Arizona.
Research Director Jay Howser
Howser most recently served as research director for Paul Wellstone’s 2002 Senate re-election campaign.  In 2000, he worked as a researcher for Al Gore’s presidential campaign in Nashville, TN.  In 1998, Howser was a researcher for Don Siegelman’s successful campaign for governor of Alabama, the first Democrat elected governor in that state since 1982.   Howser served for nearly 18 months in Siegelman’s governor’s office as deputy policy director and senior policy adviser before leaving to go to work for Vice-President Gore.  Howser began his career working in 1996 on a U.S. House race in his home state of Missouri.
Deputy Research Director Howard Kushlan
2000 graduate of Carleton College, and president of the student body.  While a student at Carleton he did stints in Sen. Paul Wellstone's Washington office and on Bill Bradley's presidential campaign.  Native of Palo Alto, Calif.
Policy Director (consultant) Eric Schnurer
(Essentially a contracted-out policy office).  President of Public Works, a public policy consulting firm.  Holds a Master's degree in public policy from Harvard and a law degree from Columbia.  Former federal prosecutor. 
Deputy Policy Director Marisa Luzzatto
(on the campaign in Florida)  Worked as a (one of two) Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Advance for the White House, 2000-01.


Finance Director Steven M. Paikowsky
From Miami.  Since entering the private sector in June of 1998, Paikowsky has provided strategic planning and fund raising consulting to numerous political campaigns and non-profits throughout the country.  During 2002 election cycle, he was the fund raising consultant to the Bill McBride for Governor campaign and the Buddy Dyer For Attorney General campaign in Florida.  He also worked for federal, state, and local candidates around the country including George Jepsen for Governor in Connecticut, Barbara Christmas for State Superintendent of Schools in Georgia, and the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus.  Paikowsky also served as the Democratic consultant to the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association for the last three years.

Lori Samuels - State finance director for Graham's 1992 and 1998 re-election campaigns.
Michelle Wallach - based in Florida.

     Finance Chair: Marvin Rosen
...(announced June 13, 2003)  Served as Clinton-Gore Co-Finance Chairman for Florida during the 1992 presidential campaign and as National Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee under President Clinton in 1995-96.  Rosen has held leading finance roles for Senators Bob Kerrey, Gary Hart and Ted Kennedy. 
Scheduler Stephanie Toothaker
replaced Cindy Dwyer
Director of Advance Robert McLarty
Served as Tennessee director for former Vice President Gore's Leadership PAC, Leadership '02.  Directed Gore's advance efforts during the 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.
Media Advisor Karl Struble
Principal at Struble Oppel Eichenbaum Communications, a Washington, DC strategic communication consulting firm he founded as National Voter Contact.  Deputy national field director on Pres. Jimmy Carter's 1980 re-elect campaign.
Guy Cecil
Joined the Dewey Square Group in March 2003 and is a Principal in the firm's grassroots campaign practice.  Directed the Arkansas Democratic Coordinated Campaign in the 2002 cycle.  National Field Director for the Children's Defense Fund and its Campaign to Leave No Child Behind, 2001.  Field Director for the 2000 Missouri Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Worked on Vice President Gore's campaign staff in New Hampshire and was the State Director for the primary campaign in Vermont.  Program coordinator for Boston Partners in Education.  Former high school teacher and speech and debate coach.  Graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political Science.  Originally from Miami.

Key States

Iowa State Director Jessica Vanden Berg
(Announced May 1, 2003, started May 7)  VandenBerg, from Pella, Iowa, came to the campaign from her position as caucus director for the Iowa Democratic Party.  In 2002 she worked as the deputy director of the IDP's 2002 Coordinated Campaign.  She served as Rep. Leonard Boswell's communications director after managing his successful re-election campaign in 2000.

N E W   H A M P S H I R E

New Hampshire State Director Steve Bouchard
(Started March 17, 2003)  In 2002 Bouchard was deputy campaign manager of Tony Sanchez's gubernatorial campaign in Texas.   He was field director for Mark Warner's campaign for governor of Virginia in 2000-2001.  Bouchard worked for Sen. Bob Kerrey's BACK PAC on the national level in 1999 and as NH director in 1988 as Kerrey considered a presidential campaign.  Previously, he served in various capacities in NH Democratic politics, including commnications director for the House Democrats, House Caucus director, chairman of the Hillsborough County Democrats, chairman of the 1st CD for the NHDP, and activity in numerous local and state campaigns.

S O U T H   C A R O L I N A

South Carolina State Director Scott Anderson
(Announced June 16, 2003) Anderson was working for Geddings & Phillips Communications at the time of the announcement.  A former executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party; he designed and oversaw the party's Coordinated Campaign in 2000.  Director of the South Carolina State Democratic Caucus.  Worked six years as a policy and political coordinator in the Florida House of Representatives under Speaker Peter Wallace, Majority Leader Jim Davis, and Minority Leader Buzz Ritchie. Managed dozens of campaigns in Florida and South Carolina over the past ten years.  Graduate of Florida Southern College. 


Oklahoma State Director Ben Odom
Odom is a Norman attorney.  In 2002 he sought the Democratic nomination to fill the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. J.C. Watts (OK-4) and finished second.  In 1998 he was the Democratic nominee for Congress against Watts and won 38 percent of the vote.  He served as Fourth District Democratic Party chairman, 1991-93.  Odom earned his B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma (1984). 


State Chairman Dick Cranwell 
(Announced July 11, 2003)  Served in the Virginia legislature from 1972 to 2001, including several years as Majority Leader in the 1990s.


State Chairman Sen. Bill Nelson
(Announced June 27, 2003) 

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