Erich Mische, a political operator who’s worked in the past for former Sen. Norm Coleman, has joined the national government relations company The Bockorny Group.
The 20-year-old firm calls itself a “bipartisan government affairs consulting firm specializing in a wide range of public policy areas with long standing relationships within the White House and on Capitol Hill.”
Bockorny wanted to beef up its Minnesota and Midwest presence, says a statement about the hire.
Mische got his start in politics on the White Bear Lake City Council and worked for St. Paul Mayors Norm Coleman and Randy Kelly. Mische was also chief of staff when Coleman was in the U.S. Senate.
He’s also fondly remembered for helping organize the Titanic exhibit in St. Paul’s Union Depot in 1999. The event didn’t have much financial success, but the blowing of the doomed ship’s whistle for the first time since the sinking attracted international attention. In the end, the whistle was more of a tweet than a boom, according to a Star Tribune story at the time:
The sound wasn’t as mighty as the event’s organizers and many in attendance had expected. No windows in nearby buildings cracked, and those who had covered their ears, as they were warned to do, might have missed the first blast.
The second one, a few minutes later, was preceded by a 10-second countdown. The whistle blew for about 4 seconds and seemed to be gasping for air at the end.
Mische previously worked for the national government relations firm mCapitol Management.