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Tom Pietrykoski, right, walks with U.S. Senator Cory Booker to a press conference Booker held outside his Newark Central Ward home after announcing that he would seek the Democratic nomination for president on February 1, 2019. (Photo: Twitter/Patrick Murray.)

Booker names Pietrykoski as Iowa comms director

Longtime advisor headed to key state

By David Wildstein, February 04 2019 7:00 am

Cory Booker is turning to one of his top aides and closest advisors to run his Iowa communications team.

Tom Pietrykoski, Booker’s U.S. Senate press secretary since 2015, is headed to Iowa this week to serve as communications director of the Booker for President campaign in a state that plays a critical role in the presidential nomination process.

Booker announced Pietrykoski as part of a roll out of his Iowa campaign team this morning.

Before joining Booker, Pietrykoski served as communications director for Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).  He also served as director of public affairs for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

The Iowa communications post has been a launching spot for some high level officials: Josh Earnest served a Barack Obama’s Iowa communications director during the 2008 caucuses and went on to spent eight years in the Obama White House – the last 2 ½ as White House press secretary.

Haley Hager, who served as field director for State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) in his upset victory over three-term GOP State Sen. Jennifer Beck in 2017, will serve as Booker’s Iowa operations director.  She was the 2018 NextGen Iowa state director.

Booker has also signed on Mike Frosolone to serve as his Iowa state director.  Frosolone was the Iowa House Democrats caucus director in 2016 and 2018 and has been running campaigns in Iowa since 2010.

Tess Seger will be Pietrykoski’s deputy and the Cory 2020 Iowa press secretary.  She served as communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party in 2018, helping to flip two House seats, capture a statewide office, and gain seats in the Iowa legislature.

Adam Henderson, who managed a campaign that flipped an Iowa House seat last year as organizing director.

Joe O’Hern, a former Obama Iowa field organizer who worked for two Iowa congressmen and the state party, will be a senior advisor.

The Iowa caucuses are tentatively scheduled for February 3, 2020.  Pietrykoski is set to leave this week.

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