Hamilton Group adds Matt Jerzyk, will consult for SolomonNovember 26th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
By Dan McGowan
The Democratic political consulting firm founded by former Angel Taveras campaign-finance director Peter Baptista and lobbyist Nicholas Hemond is staffing up and has added a major new client.
The Hamilton Group, a year-old outfit that made a name for itself running House Speaker Gordon Fox’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, has signed on with City Council president and Providence mayoral candidate Michael Solomon, Baptista told WPRI.com.
Baptista said the firm will provide “strategic consulting that will include fundraising” for Solomon, an Elmhurst Democrat who has served on the council since 2007. Solomon is expected to formally enter the mayor’s race in January, but has been stockpiling campaign funds while preparing his candidacy for more than a year.
Baptista also confirmed that Matt Jerzyk, a former deputy city solicitor who helped craft Taveras’s successful 2010 mayoral campaign, will join the firm. Jerzyk abruptly resigned from the city’s law office last month, days after Taveras launched his campaign for governor. His last day is Dec. 31.
“Matt is working on his transition from the city and building his law firm,” Baptista said. “But I anticipate him joining the Hamilton Group in January.”
Hemond, who served as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio’s communications director in 2010, is planning to continue with his law and lobbying practice (he was a lobbyist for the owner of the Superman building in downtown Providence during the last legislative session), but is expected to remain with the Hamilton Group, according to Baptista.
Baptisa resigned from Taveras’s campaign staff earlier this month, saying he wanted to focus on building his firm. He said he anticipates consulting for more candidates during the 2014 election cycle.
“We’re talking to other campaigns and we’ll see where those conversations go,” Baptista said.
Solomon, who owns Wes’ Rib House in Olneyville, is expected to square off with East Side lobbyist Brett Smiley, businessman Lorne Adrain and former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza in a Democratic primary for mayor next September. State Rep. John Lombardi has said he’ll make a decision about running for mayor by the end of the year.
The winner of the primary will take on Republican Daniel Harrop in the November election.