“Outsider” Gov. Rick Scott hired several of his campaign staffers, one of his primary opponent’s campaign honchos and hung on to a few of his predecessor’s worker bees to serve in the executive office inner sanctum.
One surprise: Spencer Geissinger, a former advance man for both Presidents Bush and led Scott’s campaign advance team with military-like precision, is now Scott’s external affairs director, earning $148,000 annually, according to documents provided by Scott’s office. Geissinger owns Strategic Events Group, a Washington, D.C.-based events planning business.
Campaign aide Dean Petrone is the governor’s personal assistant at a salary of $50,000 per year.
Scott, a multimillionaire who spent at least $70 million of his own money on his campaign, is forgoing the $138,000-a-year governor’s salary and will be paid just one cent.
Here’s the executive office line-up and salaries so far:
- Special policy advisor: Mary Ann “Mac” Carter, Scott’s long-time policy advisor, $150,000.
- Chief of staff: Mike Prendergast, $150,000.
- General counsel: Erik Figlio, who served in the same role under Gov. Charlie Crist, $130,000.
- Office of Policy and Budget director: Jerry McDaniel, who also served in the same role under Crist, $150,000.
- Legislative affairs director: Jon Costello, who served as a policy advisor on Scott’s campaign, $110,000.
- Special counsel: Hayden Dempsey, $140,000.
- Deputy chief of staff: Jenn Peter Ungru, a Republican Party operative, $100,000.
- Deputy chief of staff: Carrie O’Rourke, who was Scott’s GOP primary opponent Bill McCollum‘s campaign finance director, $100,000.
- Executive deputy chief of staff: Fritz Brogan, who served on Scott’s transition team, $80,000.
- Director of executive staff: Diane Moulton, keeping the same job she had for Crist, $95,000.
- Director of open government: Carolyn Timmann, who was Crist’s executive deputy chief of staff, $90,000.