Scott’s re-election team taking shapeby John Kennedy | January 17th, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign team took shape Friday, with the unveiling of a host of top positions.
Melissa Sellers, communications director in the governor’s office, is leaving that job Friday to become Scott’s campaign manager. Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, who was eyed as a possible running mate for Scott, will instead do double duty in the largely ceremonial role of campaign chairman.
Campaign finance co-chairs will be Mike Fernandez and Darlene Jordan. Fernandez runs MBF Healthcare Partners, a Coral Gables-based equity company and a major Scott donor. Jordan, a Palm Beach Preservation Foundation trustee, is a former Boston prosecutor who runs the financial firm, Hellman, Jordan Management Co., with her husband, Jerry.
Fernandez and Jordan will be titular leaders of Scott’s effort to raise what he has promoted as a $100 million re-election campaign.
Among others named: Matt Moon, who will be switching from his communications director role with the Florida Republican Party to the same post with Scott Re-Elect. Taking his place in the Florida GOP will be Susan Hepworth, lately the party’s press secretary.
In another move from party to campaign, Tim Saler, lately a Florida GOP strategist, will become Sellers’ deputy manager in charge of media and voter outreach programs.