Pawlenty taps Seaton as political director

WASHINGTON — Jon Seaton, a former adviser to John McCain and George W. Bush, will join Tim Pawlenty’s campaign as political director.

In a statement announcing the move, Pawlenty called Seaton “one of the Republican Party’s top political organizers.” Seaton is presently based in northern Virginia, but he’ll move to Minnesota and work out of the Minneapolis campaign headquarters.

Seaton’s bio, from the Pawlenty campaign:

A veteran of the last two Republican Presidential campaigns, Seaton currently runs East Meridian Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA.  During the 2010 campaign cycle, Seaton advised several Republican campaigns at the Federal and Statewide level, including Congressman Randy Hultgren and Senator John McCain.

In 2007 and 2008, Seaton worked for Senator McCain’s Presidential campaign.  As the National Field Director, Seaton moved to Iowa in July 2007 to run the campaign’s Iowa Caucus operation.  In Iowa, Seaton managed staff, coalitions, surrogate activity and candidate travel while also serving as the state’s campaign spokesman.  During the general election, Seaton served as the Regional Campaign Manager for Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Seaton ran the campaign’s Columbus, Ohio office and oversaw all grassroots, communication, finance and candidate travel in these two battleground states.

In 2006, Seaton served President Bush as Associate Director for Political Affairs.  In that position, he was the primary White House liaison to Gov. Pawlenty’s re-election campaign, as well as Republican campaigns and organizations in 10 other states, including Iowa.

Seaton’s White House job is not his only experience in Iowa, home of the nation’s first caucuses. In October of 2004, the Bush re-election campaign transferred him to Iowa, where he spent the last three weeks of the campaign overseeing Election Day strategy and GOTV activities. Earlier in his career, he managed a Congressional campaign in western Iowa.

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