Right-leaning flak alert: RPOF spokesman Brian Hughes back in the private sectorby Dara Kam | April 12th, 2012
Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Hughes has left the party and gone back to private practice.
Hughes, a scrappy campaign veteran whose resume includes stints as a spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate Majority Office, is back at the helm of his Tallahassee-based Meteoric Media Strategies communications firm as of today.
“Feel free to compare me with Karl Rove,” Hughes joked in a telephone interview today.
As Hughes noted, it’s been one of Tallahassee’s worst-kept secrets that he was planning to leave the state GOP. Leaders there are expected to name his successor soon.
With the 2012 campaigns heating up, Hughes will likely keep busy letting loose in a more unfettered style than at the state party, soon to be co-opted by national staffers.
Here’s the press release on Meteoric Media’s homepage:
Effective Thursday, April 12, Brian Hughes has returned to the helm of his own strategic communications firm, Meteoric Media Strategies. Meteoric Media is located in Tallahassee, FL.
Over the last 15 months, Hughes has worked with Governor Rick Scott and Florida Republicans to advance an agenda for economic growth and to prepare for the upcoming elections. Hughes has served as Deputy Communications Director for the Executive Office of the Governor, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and, most recently, was also Deputy Executive Director for RPOF. During the 2010 legislative session Hughes had served as Communications Director for the Florida Senate Majority Office under Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla.
“Working with Governor Scott and RPOF after the 2010 elections has been a tremendous honor,” said Hughes in a statement. “Now it’s time to get back to building my own business while helping Republicans the best way I know how, in the trenches during the hard-fought battles of an election year.”
Hughes started Meteoric Media in 2009 working with candidate campaigns and issue advocacy. He integrates expertise in public relations, online media, and broadcast production to offer a variety of services. His clients include CFO Jeff Atwater, State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education just to name a few. Meteoric will be making many exciting client announcements in the days and weeks ahead.
While the Republican Party of Florida undertakes a thorough search for a new communication and media strategist, Hughes will remain as an advisor to the RPOF and its Chairman, Lenny Curry.
“I congratulate Brian on his decision to continue building his excellent brand,” said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry. “Brian is a trusted advisor and consummate professional, and we will continue to work together for Republican victories.”