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NEW: Zainyeh Joins Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP

Monday, February 03, 2014


George Zainyeh

George Zainyeh, former State Representative and Chief of Staff to Governor Chafee and Congressman Patrick Kennedy, has joined Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP as Chief Marketing and Development Officer.

Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP, is a full-service regional law firm with offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, with attorneys admitted to practice in every New England state and New York

 “George brings a depth of experience in both the public and private sectors to Shechtman Halperin Savage,” said Managing Partner Stephen J. Shechtman, “We look forward to expanding our presence and reach with George’s assistance.”

 “Shechtman Halperin Savage is a respected regional law firm with a strong reputation throughout New England,” said Zainyeh. “I am excited to work with the attorneys and staff here to continue to grow their portfolio and to engage the business, legal and consumer communities on behalf of the firm.”

Zainyeh Brings Experience

In addition to his roles at the Congressional and gubernatorial level, Zainyeh has significant private sector experience. He served as the chief strategy officer at Family Service of Rhode Island, and as vice president of strategic initiatives at the Princeton Review. George is a board member at HousingWorks RI and Building Futures.

He has also served as a corporation trustee for Butler Hospital, and was a member of the Rhode Island Special Olympics Capital Campaign Committee. Zainyeh was also a founding board member and the founding president of the Jamestown Education Foundation. In addition, he has served on the Providence Performing Arts Center board and on the board of City Year Rhode Island.


Related Slideshow: Win-Loss Records for 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates’ Campaign Managers

Oftentimes operating largely behind the scenes, a candidate's campaign manager or consultant plays an instrumental role in the outcome of the race.  

The 2014 Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidates have assembled their campaign teams -- and managers, all of whom bring extensive political operative experience to the table.  

Below is a look at the "batting average" of past efforts of the current set of top operatives when they were at the helm of other political races.  

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Eric Hyers - Campaign Manager, Gina Raimondo

Congressman David Cicilline's 2010 Campaign:  WON

Congressman David Cicilline's 2012 Campaign: WON

NJ State Senator Nia Gill's 2013 Campaign: WON

MA State Sen. Karen Spilka 2013 Congressional Campaign:  LOST

Winning Percentage: .750

Hyers, who cut his teeth organizing for for now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand when she first ran for Congress in 2006, worked as a field organizer for John Edwards for President in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, directed a statewide field operation in Wyoming, managed state legislative races in Virginia and New Jersey, and served as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Democratic Party. 

Hyers scored big while managing campaigns in New Jersey and Rhode Island, but came up short most recently in Massachusetts.  

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Danny Kedem - Campaign Manager, Angel Taveras

Anthony Wiener's 2013 New York Mayoral Campaign:  QUIT

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's 2011 Campaign:  WON

Winning Percentage: .500

Kedem joined Wiener's political comeback bid after Weiner had resigned from Congress in a sexting scandal -- only to leave when Wiener once more was caught continuing the habit, spelling his downfall once again.  

Connecticut Magazine's Jennifer Swift delineated Kedem's campaign history as having successful managed a New Haven mayoral bid, as well as outlining Kedem's early days organizing for Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill’s U.S. Senate campaign and Hillary Clinton's 2008 run for the presidency.

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Jeff Britt -- Campaign Consultant, Ken Block

2002 Bruce Bayuk RI General Assembly Write-In Campaign: LOST

2006 RI Governor Donald Carcieri Campaign:  WON

2012 Mark Binder RI General Assembly Campaign: LOST

Winning Percentage: .333

Seasoned political operative Britt lost close races in Bayuk and Binder, but scored big with Carcieri while working alongside Ken McKay.  Following the Bayuk effort, Britt served in the "Carcieri 1" administration to work across the aisle and support GOP efforts statewide.  

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Patrick Sweeney -- Campaign Consultant, Allan Fung

2010 John Loughlin Congressional Campaign: LOST

2012 Barry Hinckley Senate Campaign: LOST

Winning Percentage: .000

The former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party has extensive campaign and consulting experience, but is still looking to win big spearheading a major candidate effort.  

Sweeney was Deputy Campaign Manager for Loughlin in 2010.  

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Devin Driscoll -- Campaign Manager, Clay Pell

Northeast Regional Director, Organizing for Action

Communications Director, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage

Winning Percentage:  N/A

Driscoll has headed up successful grassroots efforts and served on the Obama for America campaign in two separate stints, as Rhode Island state director for the 2012 campaign and as a field organizer in 2008.  Managing Pell's run for Governor marks Driscoll's first bid to win a statewide office campaign.  


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