McCain General Election Regional Campaign Organization, Southeast -
AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC and TN
updated March 13, 2009

McCain-Palin 2008
Southeast Regional Headquarters: 420 E. Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor  | Tallahassee, FL  32301 
Regional Campaign Manager, Southeast (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC and TN) Buzz Jacobs
Initially the campaign's Southern regional political director, then, following the July 2007 shakeup, state director for McCain's South Carolina primary campaign and worked on the Florida primary campaign. Director of immigration security policy on the White House Homeland Security Council, 2004-07.  Office of strategic planning at the FBI, 2002-04.  M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2002.  B.S. in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama, 1998.
Deputy Regional Campaign Manager  Clint Murphy
Associate at Richmond Hill Development Company (a land development company founded by his father) and realtor at Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners.  Unsuccessfully ran for Savannah City Council in 2007.  Campaign manager on Barbara Dooley for Congress, 2002.  Fundraiser for the NRCC, 1999-2001.  Worked field for Sen. Paul Coverdell, 1998.  B.S. in political science from Georgia Southern University, 1998.

Regional Communications Director
Mario Diaz
Previously morning anchor at WTSP, Channel 10; resigned in June 2008 to join the campaign.

Regional Special Projects Director
Emily Thoemke
Realtor at Naples Trust Realty Company, LLC.  Degree in international affairs from Florida State University.  Born and raised in Naples, FL.

Regional Coalitions Director
Zach Kushel
Coalitions director on McCain's NH primary campaign.  Previously worked as an analyst at Citigroup.  Graduate of Cornell.

Note: The St. Petersburg Times (June 28, 2008) listed the following also on "McCain's Florida Team": Kamilah Prince, Jennifer Fudala, Gisele Roget, John Muller, Rob Richards, Jamie Hahn, Alex Recio, Robert Brown, Neil Boyd, Victoria Wackym.

RCM Desk Coordinator, Southeast (based in VA HQ)

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