The team that helped Democratic candidate Daniel Aubertine defeat Republican Will Barclay in the race for the Senate seat in the 48th district has formed a new consulting firm: Red Horse Strategies.
From the public statement:
The firm, led by DSCC veterans Doug Forand, Marc Lapidus and Nathan Smith, brings together three individuals with an impressive breadth of campaign and advocacy experience. Red Horse Strategies will provide campaigns and candidates with strategic guidance, tactical analysis, message development, campaign plan implementation and operational oversight. Red Horse Strategies will continue to provide campaign consulting services to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee for the 2008 election cycle.
Marc Lapidus has almost two decades in New York City and state politics, serving as Bill Mulrow’s campaign manager for State Comptroller in 2002, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 2000 and Peter Vallone’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 1998. Marc was also the senior political advisor to the State Democratic Party in 2001, and has been a consultant to the AFL-CIO, CSEA, AFSCME and SEIU-1199.
Doug Forand has over ten years experience leading campaigns and working in the New York State Government. Most recently, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the DSCC under Senate Minority Leaders David Paterson and Malcolm Smith. In 2002, he was the campaign manager for Alan Hevesi’s winning 2002 Comptroller campaign and served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Comptroller Hevesi following his election.
Nathan Smith, recently acting as Director of Minority Information Services for Senator Malcolm Smith and Field Director for the DSCC, has served as campaign manager for a number of State Senate, New York City Council, and advocacy campaigns. He also served as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Anabel Palma and has extensive experience in labor and public advocacy campaigns for organizations including ACORN, the Workers Unemployment Project and the United Farm Workers. This year, Smith directed the successful field campaign for the special election in the 48th SD.
Mr. Lapidus, Mr. Forand, and Mr. Smith have been working together since they oversaw the DSCC’s priority campaigns in 2006, electing Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and re-electing Senator Dave Valesky. They also led Craig Johnson’s historic special election Senate victory in February 2007.