GOP Senate hopeful Todd Wilcox announces campaign leadership team

Todd Wilcox

Todd Wilcox may have the lowest name recognition of the four major Republicans running for U.S. Senate this year, but he’s just picked three high-profile Republicans for his leadership team: Brian Hughes as campaign manager, Eric Isaac as communications director, and Chris LaCivita as general consultant.

“As momentum continues to build for our campaign, I am excited to announce the team that will lead us to victory,” said Wilcox in a statement released on Monday. “I have a unique set of skills that includes building high performance teams of diverse experts focused on accomplishing complex missions in hostile environments and that is exactly what I’ve done here.”

“Candidates like Todd – a combat veteran, an entrepreneur – are exactly what voters are desperate to see on the ballot. They’re looking for proven leadership and real world experience, and they get that with Todd,” LaCivita said.

LaCivita has worked on many national political campaigns over the years working with Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.  But as Wilcox’s own statement notes, he’s best known for being the chief strategist with the controversial Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that helped bring down John Kerry‘s stature as a was hero during the 2004 presidential election.

Hughes heads Meteoric Media Strategies, a political strategist consulting firm. He’s held strategic roles with Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

Isaac has worked with Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, as well as on many congressional and local campaigns.

In the most recent U.S. Senate poll conducted last week by Florida International University, Wilcox was not listed at all. U.S. Rep. David Jolly led the poll with 28 percent support, with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis trailing with 8 percent support each. Other polls have shown him with about 5 percent support.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • Bill Meyers

    May 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Todd Wilcox-An excellent choice to represent us! How refreshing to have a new candidate with an impeccable record of service to our country instead of another corrupt politician living off our tax dollars for most of their lives. Broward and Miami are loaded with life-long political officeholders and their family members on our government payrolls who are serving their cronies and families and just giving symbolic crumbs to the taxpayers.
    Todd needs more exposure here in South Florida. Thank you Sun-Sentinel for bringing Todd to our attention.

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