Washington, D.C. March 25, 2013 — Mercury, a leading national, bipartisan public strategy firm announces the addition of, Political Director of the RNC, and , 2012 Florida State Director for President Obama’s Re-election Campaign.
“Rick Wiley and Ashley Walker helped transform the political landscape of the 2012 election,” said Mercury co-founder and CEO Kieran Mahoney. “They bring a wealth of talent, political know-how and expertise to our team. There is no better duo to help grow the bipartisan, best-in-class operation that defines Mercury.”
Wiley, a Managing Director in Mercury’s Washington, D.C. headquarters comes to the firm after serving two years as Political Director of the Republican National Committee.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Mercury, a firm with a prestigious reputation in the political and public affairs world,” said Wiley. “The opportunity to work alongside some of the best and brightest names in that space is an honor.”
During his tenure at the RNC Rick also guided the ground game for the Romney/Ryan ticket, managing the campaign’s $178 million national grassroots budget. The program’s results were historic, with over 65 million volunteer voter contacts made. Wiley joined the RNC in 2009 and previously served as a Regional Political Director through the 2010 midterm cycle. He also served as Deputy National Political Director for the Giuliani Presidential Campaign, and was Executive Director of the Wisconsin Republican Party in 2005. A proud Illinois native and avid Chicago Cubs/Bears fan, Rick resides in Austin, Texas.
Walker comes to Mercury fresh off of her role as Florida State Director of Obama for America. Walker oversaw all aspects of the 2012 campaign in one of the most competitive states in the presidential race. She also served as Florida State Director of Organizing for America, the Obama campaign’s offseason outfit which runs grassroots and social media operations in support of the President’s policies. Walker has served in multiple senior leadership roles including as the 2010 Coordinated Campaign Director and Deputy State Director for the 2008 Obama for America Florida campaign.
“I am excited to bring my national network and experience to the Mercury Florida team,” Walker said. “Our national reach and our record of winning in the Sunshine state will be unmatched, as our bipartisan team works tirelessly to provide great service to our clients.”
As Managing Director of Mercury’s Florida operations, Ashley will also co-lead a new joint venture for the firm in the Sunshine State. Mercury and Floridian Partners—a statewide consulting and lobbying firm—have joined together to create a new bipartisan public affairs consultancy in the state of Florida. The company will operate under the Mercury brand and will be led by Walker and Mercury founding partner Kieran Mahoney. With offices in Tallahassee, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, this enterprise greatly enhances Mercury’s in-state capabilities.
“We greatly respect Mercury’s reputation as a top, national high-stakes public affairs firm, as well as their long-standing record for success,” said Patrick Maloy, a partner of Floridian Partners. “Joining forces will help us to grow as a national leadership organization, while still allowing us to offer a client service footprint that is far superior to any other firm in Florida.”
The Mercury/Floridian Partners joint venture is official as of March 25th. Wiley and Walker start with the firm effective April 1.
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.
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