NEW YORK—Mercury Public Affairs, a member of the Fleishman-Hillard family of companies, 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, as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Nelson’s firm, Crosslinks Strategy Group, which focuses on grassroots public affairs, will become an operating unit of Mercury Public Affairs.
In addition, Fleishman-Hillard will merge Mercury’s Washington, D.C., government relations operations and Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations. 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,” says John Graham, chairman and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard. “We are confident that our new team in Washington will build Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations into one of the largest non-law firm lobbying shops in our nation’s capital.”
Nelson served as national political director for the Bush-Cheney 04 Campaign and was cited twice by Roll Call newspaper as one of the 50 Most Influential Operatives in Politics. Prior to that campaign, Nelson was deputy chief of staff and executive director of political operations at the Republican National Committee.
He will work alongside John Hishta, managing director of Mercury Public Affairs’ Washington office, who spent more than 15 years as a political consultant and senior strategist to a variety of Republican elected officials.