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Winstead hires advertising consultant Davis, Trump pollster Fabrizio for 5th District bid

Kurt Winstead (Photo credit: Winstead campaign)

Former National Guard Big. Gen. Kurt Winstead announced he has hired political ad maker Fred Davis and Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio for his Republican bid for the open 5th Congressional District seat.

Here’s the release from the Winstead campaign:

Nashville, Tenn. – General Kurt Winstead (Ret.), a conservative Republican candidate for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, announced today major additions to his campaign leadership team.

“We have so much momentum. Our conservative message to the Republican voters in the 5th District is resonating, and I am so excited about our senior campaign team that will help us win this election,” said Winstead.

The new additions include:

— Fred Davis, a veteran media consultant, who has advised on a number of successful state and federal campaigns including Governor Bill Lee, Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Lamar Alexander. Davis will produce the television and radio advertising.

— Tony Fabrizio and David Lee will act as pollsters for the campaign. Fabrizio and Lee are veteran consultants and pollsters. Combined, they have worked for decades on hundreds of Congressional and Senate campaigns across the country. Fabrizio also served as chief pollster for President Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections.

— The Stoneridge Group, a well-respected conservative political consulting firm based in Atlanta will lead the campaign’s direct mail and digital efforts.

The campaign previously announced its initial team, including:

— Chris Devaney is Winstead’s senior advisor. Devaney a former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman who served in senior roles on multiple winning campaigns in the Volunteer State, including managing Governor Bill Lee’s successful campaign in 2018.

— Kim Kaegi serves as the campaign’s finance consultant. Kaegi has over thirty years of statewide fundraising experience across Tennessee. Kaegi has worked for dozens of campaigns including Governor Bill Lee, Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bill Hagerty, and Congressional campaigns of Diane Black, Tim Burchett, Stephen Fincher, David Kustoff, and Phil Roe.

— Jimmy Granbery, a Nashville businessman, is the finance chairman for the campaign.

“This campaign team is one of the best in the country and has the experience to win,” said General Winstead.

Recently, the Winstead campaign announced $1 million cash on hand after a successful fundraising effort following his formal announcement in March.

Winstead names Devaney, Kaegi to campaign team

Kurt Winstead

Retired Tennessee National Guard general Kurt Winstead has named former state Repubican Party chair Chris Devaney as the senior adviser to his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District. Kim Kaegi will serve as his fundraising consultant. Both previously worked on Republican Bill Lee’s successful gubernatorial campaign in 2018.

Several candidates are running for the open seat that was redrawn to make it heavily Republican leaning his fall. Fromer U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has Ward Baker advising her bid, while Chip Saltsman is consulting for Williamson County businessman Baxter Lee. Former House Speaker Beth Harwell’s campaign announcement was issued by the Lukens Co., a Washington-area firm that has done direct mail work for Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential bid, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Here’s the full release from the Winstead camp:

Nashville, Tenn — General Kurt Winstead (ret.) announced today his senior campaign team to win the race for the new 5th Congressional District. The team includes:

— Jimmy Granbery, Chairman of the H.G. Hill Company and CEO of H.G. Hill Realty Co., will serve as finance chairman.

— Chris Devaney, former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman, who will serve as senior advisor to the campaign.

— Kim Kaegi, a veteran of numerous successful campaigns across Tennessee, will serve as finance consultant to the campaign.

“Our campaign is building momentum across the District every day. I’m so grateful for the team we are putting together to achieve victory on Election Day,” said General Winstead.

Chris Devaney is a former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman who served in senior roles on multiple winning campaigns in the Volunteer State, including managing Governor Bill Lee’s successful campaign in 2018.

Kim Kaegi has over thirty years of statewide fundraising experience across Tennessee. Kaegi has worked for dozens of campaigns including Governor Bill Lee, Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bill Hagerty, and Congressional campaigns of Diane Black, Tim Burchett, Stephen Fincher, David Kustoff, and Phil Roe.

Successful Nashville businessman Jimmy Granbery will serve as finance chairman for the Winstead Campaign.

“Now more than ever, we need leaders with real world experience. General Winstead has the kind of background and conservative Tennessee values we need in Congress,” said Granbery. “As a lifelong Tennessean, I want our next Congressman to truly represent Middle Tennessee. community, state, and nation. I’m proud to support a conservative leader like Kurt Winstead.”

Granbery is Chairman of the H.G. Hill Company and a fourth generation family member of the 127 year old Middle Tennessee business. He also serves as Chair and CEO of H.G. Hill Realty Company, which has an extensive real estate portfolio. Besides his business experience, Granbery also has an extensive civic background having served on numerous boards in the state.

Kurt Winstead is an eighth generation Tennessean and was raised in a home of educators and farmers. He served for more than thirty years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, including Director of the Joint Staff, Tennessee’s Staff Judge Advocate, and Brigade Command Judge Advocate during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.

Winstead is a graduate of Centre College and received a law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Kurt and his wife Beth attend St. Matthew Church in Franklin. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters raised and educated in Williamson County.

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