North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday the campaign team that will guide his reelection effort this year as he seeks a second term, and the list includes some big names. Chief among them are Republican strategist Chris LaCivita, who has recently been involved with the presidential bid of Sen. Rand Paul, and top GOP ad-maker Fred Davis.
McCrory is the most vulnerable governor up for reelection in 2016, with a challenge from Democrat Roy Cooper, the state attorney general. Cooper has served as attorney general for 15 years and is expected to be a formidable opponent. Public polls consistently show the pair running neck-and-neck.
LaCivita is a top Republican consultant and former strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Virginia-based former Marine has recently worked for Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race and resuscitated Sen. Pat Roberts's Kansas reelection campaign in 2014. Davis, who returns as the media consultant, is also currently working for the super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential bid.
Russell Peck will serve as campaign manager, returning to the same role he held on McCrory’s 2012 campaign. Deputy campaign managers are Billy Constangy, who will focus on finance, and Ricky Diaz, who will head communications. Ryan Terrill is political director, and Targeted Victory will handle digital strategy.