Tuesday, May 5, 2015

John Kasich builds his 2016 team

Matt Carle, the veteran Ohio operative who steered Gov. John Kasich to a landslide re-election win last year, will manage Kasich's new national political committee as the Republican explores a bid for president in 2016.

The move, which the governor confirmed this week in an interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, signals a big role for Carle if Kasich runs.

Carle could find himself in charge of the campaign itself or with a group that could promote Kasich's candidacy but not coordinate with the campaign. Kasich also said Jeff Polesovsky, Carle's deputy on the 2014 re-election, has signed on with New Day for America, the nonprofit organization Kasich's allies established last month.

Dave Luketic, another Kasich insider who served as political director for the Ohio Republican Party and for the governor's re-election campaign, is working for New Day for America, too. Luketic was a key architect of Kasich's recent national tour to promote a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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