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Sinema staffs up big and early

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

When Kyrsten Sinema announced the launch of her congressional campaign on Tuesday, she had a full staff contingent in place.

And more members are expected to join the team soon as the Phoenix Democrat starts her campaign for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

Kendra Leiby, Sinema’s field director, served as a lobbyist for the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence and field coordinator the anti-Proposition 107 campaign in 2006 – the failed same-sex marriage ban – and has worked on Sinema’s prior legislative campaigns.

General consultant Rodd McLeod worked on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ 2006 and 2010 campaigns and new Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s campaign, and is also working on former Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Roopali Desai, of the law firm Coppersmith, Schermer and Brockelman, which often handles high-profile cases for the Arizona Democratic Party, is serving as Sinema’s campaign attorney.

Karl Struble of the Washington, D.C.-based firm Struble Eichenbaum, whose clients have included six Democratic governors and a dozen U.S. senators, will handle Sinema’s television ads.

Jim Crounse, of the Mack Crounse Group in Alexandria, Va., is serving as Sinema’s direct mail consultant. Crounse has also worked for a number of Democratic senators, governors and House members, as well as President Barack Obama.

The Portland, Ore.-based firm Grove Insight will do Sinema’s polling.

“We’ve got a whole consulting team. We’ve got mail, TV, polling, (an) attorney. We’ve got the whole thing,” said Sinema, who resigned her Senate seat Tuesday when she launched her campaign for CD9. “I’ve got two more that I can’t announce quite yet. But I‘ll announce them soon.”

One comment

  1. That’s an awful lot of out-of-state consultants for somone who claims that her heart is in Arizona. Sinema has been prepping for a run for congress since, oh, about four years ago, and if someone counts up all her trips to Washington it will be hard to defend her stance that she doesn’t think Washington “gets it.” I think we do get it regarding Sinema.

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