GOP operative named Sauerbrey press secretary Dornan has experience as campaign manager

Campaign 1998

March 12, 1998|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Ellen R. Sauerbrey, whose campaign for governor has been without a press secretary since the previous one was forced out in November, has hired a veteran Republican operative with local roots to take over the job.

Jim Dornan, 38, who has experience as a campaign manager and Capitol Hill staffer, started work yesterday at Sauerbrey's headquarters in Towson. He will handle press relations and share duties speaking for the campaign with consultant Carol Hirschburg.

"I'm ecstatic to be here. This is the first time I've been able to work for a legitimate Republican candidate in the state of Maryland," said Dornan, who grew up in Baltimore, Towson and Bowie. "It's a labor of love."

He replaces Laura Woolfrey, who left after nine months because of a personality conflict with Sauerbrey's campaign manager, David Albert.

Dornan comes with an extensive resume. He has managed campaigns for Republicans in four states. In 1994, he managed the first congressional campaign of Rep. J. C. Watts of Oklahoma.

Dornan also is a distant cousin of conservative firebrand Robert K. Dornan -- a former U.S. representative from California -- and the brother of Patrick Dornan, former president of the Howard County Taxpayers Association.

Before joining the Sauerbrey campaign, Jim Dornan was chief of staff for Rep. Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican. Dornan lives in Virginia but plans to move to Baltimore.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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