MERIDIAN COMMUNICATIONS TO LEAD THOMPSON'S NH EFFORT
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson's presidential exploratory committee announced today the hiring of Manchester-based Meridian Communications to lead the committee's work in New Hampshire.
Building on Thompson's strong organization in Iowa, Meridian has been involved in successful New Hampshire campaigns dating back to Pat Buchanan's victory in the 1996 primary. More recently the firm worked on Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's victory in 2005 over a three-term Democratic incumbent.
"We are excited to be working with the only reliable conservative in this primary race," Meridian Co-Founder Michael Biundo said. "Based on the Governor's record of low taxes, welfare reform, and other conservative credentials, we believe Tommy Thompson is a perfect fit for New Hampshire's voters."
Thompson added, "Meridian brings a strong leadership team and a deep knowledge of the state to our efforts in New Hampshire. I am honored that Meridian decided to join our team as we work toward the first-in-the nation primary."
Biundo, the firm's co-founder and one of the top political strategists in the region, was the architect of Guinta's campaign in 2005 - one of the few GOP victories that year - and was a director of Buchanan's upset victory in New Hampshire in 1996.
Jack Heath also is a co-founder of Meridian Communications and was vice president and news director of WMUR-TV News in Manchester from 1990-96. He also is a former reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston and now hosts a daily talk readio show called NH Today on WTPL 107.7 FM.
Also working with the Thompson team will be Roger S. Wilkins, a well-known political advisor with campaign teams across New Hampshire. Wilkins led the field team in the 1996 primary victory and has worked on grassroots efforts for U.S. Sen. Bob Smith.