Fleishman hires Terry Nelson, merges government affairs practices

NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard's agency Mercury Public Affairs has hired Terry Nelson, former political director for the Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign and a senior adviser to Senator John McCain's Straight Talk America Political Action Committee.

NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard's agency Mercury Public Affairs has hired Terry Nelson, former political director for the Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign and a senior adviser to Senator John McCain's Straight Talk America Political Action Committee.

He will be a partner in the agency's Washington office. Nelson's firm, Crosslinks Strategy Group, a leading grassroots organization, will become an operating unit of Mercury Public Affairs.

Additionally, Mercury's Washington-based government relations operations and Fleishman-Hillard government relations operations will merge. Mercury will assume day-to-day management of both businesses which will continue to operate under their existing brands.

"Mercury and Fleishman-Hillard government relations will provide a sophisticated and uniquely bipartisan government relations offering that includes lobbying, polling, grassroots organization, strategic counsel and management, and issues advocacy and advertising," said John Graham, Fleishman-Hillard CEO, in a statement.

Other political operatives Mercury has hired recently include former executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee John Hishta and former Deputy Political Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Michael McSherry.

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