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OFA’s Walker signs up with new PR firm
Posted Mar 25, 2013 by William March
Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Ashley Walker, who ran the Obama for America 2012 campaign in Florida, is signing up to run a new Florida public relations firm being set up by the national Mercury firm and Floridian Partners.
The company will be known as Mercury Florida, directed by Walker and Mercury founding partner Kieran Mahoney.
Floridian Partners is a lobbying firm managed by prominent Tallahassee lobbyist Charlie Dudley, with a Tampa office run by former Democratic political strategist Ana Cruz.
Mercury is a national public relations firm with offices in New York, Washington, Florida and four others states.
The new firm will be based in Fort Lauderdale with offices in Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee.
Between the 2008 and 2012 elections, Walker managed Organizing for America, the off-season grassroots and social media organization that supported President Barack Obama’s policies in office. The organization converted into Obama for America for the campaign, which surprised some Florida political junkies by narrowly winning the state in 2012.