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Walsh Joins Singer Bonjean Strategies

Bipartisan Firm Adds Veteran GOP Strategist As Partner

WASHINGTON DC – Singer Bonjean Strategies today announced the addition of veteran Republican strategist Brian Walsh as partner in their bipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Founded by top Democratic and Republican strategists Phil Singer and Ron Bonjean in 2008, the firm has successfully helped dozens of clients achieve their communications and government relations objectives.

“There are few strategists in either party that can compare to Brian Walsh,” Singer said.  “Brian’s work ethic and creativity pack a potent one-two punch and we are very lucky that he is our new partner.”

“Brian Walsh is one of the best communication strategists that Washington has seen in some time.  His deep wisdom and tireless energy will be a tremendous asset for our clients looking for effective solutions to address their issues.  We are thrilled that he has agreed to join our team,” Bonjean said.

Walsh joins Singer Bonjean Strategies after more than 15 years on Capitol Hill and dozens of campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.  The cutting-edge political website BuzzFeed recently named Walsh as one of just 24 “communications-obsessed operatives for the Twitter-age” who “will be running Washington” in 2013.

Prior to leaving Capitol Hill and founding Townline Strategies, a boutique government relations and strategic communications firm, Walsh served as U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) chief communications strategist – first in his official Senate office as Communications Director and then at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles during which Republicans gained five new Republican Senate seats.

In addition to his work in the Senate, at the NRSC and on numerous political campaigns, Walsh also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 10 years, where he served as Communications Director for a key Congressional Committee and several members of Congress.  In particular, the involvement of one former Member in a high-profile controversy in 2005 led former Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline and current NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd to write, Walsh “has an amazing ability to show supreme loyalty but in a very rational way. This guy will be a sought after crisis PR guy….”

“Phil and Ron are two of the most respected communications strategists in the country today, and I couldn’t be more excited about joining their growing public affairs practice,” Walsh said.  “Singer Bonjean brings a campaign approach to helping clients navigate the ever-changing environment in Washington, and I look forward to adding my experience to this effort.”

As with both Singer and Bonjean, who consult separately for top Democratic and Republican clients, Walsh will keep any political work separate from Singer-Bonjean, and maintain Townline Strategies LLC, where he currently consults for a variety of clients, including Americans for a Conservative Direction.

 

About Singer Bonjean Strategies

Singer Bonjean Strategies is a full service public affairs firm helping corporations, coalitions and associations navigate through the greatest change of American government in a generation.

At the nexus of policy, politics and communications, Singer Bonjean Strategies offers its clients a bipartisan approach to help them achieve their strategic communications and crisis management objectives.

 

Phil Singer Background:

With a decade of experience that includes two presidential campaigns being part of a team that orchestrated the Democratic takeover of the Senate in 2006, Phil Singer is a veteran campaign strategist and public relations expert.

Singer has worked for some of the most demanding campaigns and active political figures of the last decade, including Senator Chuck Schumer for whom he has worked in a variety of capacities since 2000. Phil counseled Senator Schumer on all media-related matters and has played a key role in developing the New York Senator’s national profile. He served as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s communications director under Schumer during the historic 2006 campaign cycle.

Most recently, Phil served as a senior adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s winning 2010 campaign.  He was also a top official for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign where he ran the war room and was part of the senior group that directed the campaign.

 

Ron Bonjean Background:

Ron Bonjean has served in leadership offices in the U.S. House and Senate as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before leaving Capitol Hill to start Singer Bonjean Strategies, Ron was chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference under Senator Jon Kyl.

Previously he was a top strategist and adviser for House Republicans as director of communications to then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He also served as press secretary to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and director of public affairs under U.S. Secretaries of Commerce Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez. Of note, Bonjean is the first person to serve as the lead spokesman in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

 

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