Mercury Hires Arnold's Campaign Manager

Mercury Public Affairs, the company that helped bring you three terms of George Pataki and is now working on John McCain’s presidential campaign, just announced the hiring Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt.

Interestingly, the formal announcement from Mercury’s managing partner Kieran Mahoney doesn’t mention McCain at all.

From the statement:

“[Schmidt’s] experience in the presidential campaign, the California governor’s race and the Supreme Court confirmation process gives him an unmatched understanding of how polling, grassroots mobilization, issue advocacy, government relations and media relations work together to achieve measurable business results.”

Full statement after the jump.

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Schwarzenegger Campaign Manager Steve Schmidt Joins Mercury Public Affairs as Partner

Mercury Opens Offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles, Assumes Management of California Public Affairs for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications

March 29, 2007 – Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger campaign manager and senior White House strategist Steve Schmidt has joined Mercury Public Affairs as a Partner, based out of Mercury’s Sacramento, California office. Prior to joining the Schwarzenegger campaign, Schmidt served as a member of the White House senior staff as Deputy Assistant to the President.

Mercury’s Managing Partner Kieran Mahoney said, “For the better part of the last decade, Steve has been part of an elite brain trust that shaped critical moments in American politics. As a partner at Mercury, Steve will be one of the top public affairs advisors of his generation. His experience in the presidential campaign, the California governor’s race and the Supreme Court confirmation process gives him an unmatched understanding of how polling, grassroots mobilization, issue advocacy, government relations and media relations work together to achieve measurable business results.”

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s landslide victory was described by The New York Times as “remarkable” and The Los Angeles Times stated that Schmidt “ran a nearly flawless campaign” and managed a re-election campaign that “ran against a political tide that swamped other Republicans across the nation.” During his tenure at the White House, Schmidt played a leading role in the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. Schmidt has also served in Baghdad, where he performed a month-long assessment of media relations in the war zone at the behest of U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalizad.

“Mercury Public Affairs has created a unique, vertically integrated platform for solving high profile public affairs challenges by recognizing that polling, issue advertising, public relations, grassroots and government relations all play a critical role in winning,” stated Schmidt. “Mercury, Crosslink Strategy Group, FHGR and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications represent a global, bi-partisan, best in class capability that I am honored to join.”

Curt Kundred, Fleishman-Hillard Senior Partner and Regional President said, “Mercury Public Affairs and Fleishman-Hillard have a shared strategic vision and commitment to building client value which has resulted in successful collaborations in New York, Washington, St. Louis and Minneapolis. After a series of value-added public affairs partnerships in California, we knew a deeper relationship would benefit our clients as well as our respective organizations. Steve’s guidance and deep history in California will serve as a premium public affairs platform moving forward.”