Rauner Staffer Leaves Governor’s Office to Join Kasich Campaign

Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Mike Schrimpf will serve as communication director for former Ohio Governor John Kasich's presidential run, the campaign says

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Mary Ann Ahern

A high-ranking staffer for Governor Bruce Rauner is leaving his post to join Republican presidential candidate John Kasich's campaign, the campaign announced today.

Mike Schrimpf, Rauner's Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, is leaving his position with the governor to serve as communication director for Kasich, according to a statement from the campaign.

Schrimpf worked on Rauner's 2014 campaign and prior to that, worked in communication positions for the Republican Governors Association, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

"Mike has worked well with our organization for many years at RGA and will be a good fit with the team," campaign manager Beth Hansen says in the statement. "He is an excellent communication thinker and leader who knows how to work effectively in senior positions with large teams."

Schrimpf's twin brother Chris serves as a senior communication advisor with Kasich's campaign and travels with the candidate, the statement adds. According to an Aug. 2015 Chicago Magazine profile, the Schrimpf brothers are both from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mike attended Tufts University before joining the RGA in 2008.

A spokesperson for Rauner told NBC 5 that Schrimpf "remains a trusted adviser to Governor Rauner and will continue to advise the Illinois Republican Party throughout the year."

According to the governor's office, Lance Trover will assume Schrimpf's role from his current position as communications director.

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