COLUMBUS, OHIO – Building on its remarkable success in 2012 in support of the reelection of President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown, the Ohio Democratic Party today announced the addition of Matt McGrath to serve in the role of strategic communications advisor. McGrath, who served as the Michigan communications director for Obama for America last year, will be tasked with helping to shape and sharpen the party’s messaging in advance of the 2014 elections.
“We’re thrilled to have someone with Matt’s talent and experience in rough-and-tumble campaigns aboard,” said Kyle McDermott, Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director. “Ohio Democrats have momentum and, unlike Governor Kasich, a vision that rewards hard work, not just the wealthy and well-connected. We’re going to fight for every vote over the next 18 months, and we’re going to win in November, 2014.”
McGrath is making a return to the Buckeye State, having previously served as Ohio trip director for the 2008 Obama campaign. Prior to his tenure on the President’s reelection campaign, McGrath served as the communications director for the Kentucky Democratic Party in 2011, where he orchestrated a coordinated communications effort that resulted in a historic reelection victory for Governor Steve Beshear, as well as Democratic victories in five of six statewide races. McGrath, a Chicago native, has worked on campaigns from coast-to-coast, at the federal, state, and local levels.
“It’s no secret that Ohio campaigns are a little bit different and a little more intense than campaigns elsewhere, and I’m excited to join this incredibly talented team as we hold Governor Kasich and his Republican allies accountable for their extreme, out-of-touch positions that are hindering Ohio’s recovery,” McGrath said. “Ohioans deserve better than Governor Kasich’s plan to finance giveaways to corporations and the super-wealthy on the backs of middle-class families by hiking sales and property taxes. Last year, Ohioans rejected Mitt Romney’s top-down economic vision of lavishing rewards on the wealthy while asking working people to pay more, and so it will be interesting to see Governor Kasich defend his identical vision – only with less charm.”