Out-of-state consultant who recruited Catalina Lauf in 2019, and teamed her with Anna Paulina Luna and other Millennial women returns to Illinois for 2022 primary
Fresh off of her consulting gig resulting in the election of Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia, Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies Vice President and General Consultant Kristin Davison returns to Illinois to help Jesse Sullivan’s (R, Petersburg) gubernatorial campaign.
“FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Kristin Davison, who most recently worked on the GOP governor’s race in Virginia, has joined Illinois Republican Jesse Sullivan’s gubernatorial campaign. Davison was senior strategist for Glenn Youngkin, who defeated Terry McAuliffe to take the Virginia governor’s mansion, handing Democrats a stinging loss. Along with Davison, Poolhouse media agency, which also worked with Youngkin’s campaign, is on Sullivan’s team, too.”
McHenry County voters have seen Kristin Davison’s handiwork in Illinois before, as recent as the 2020 election cycle when she was the general consultant for then IL-14 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf (R, Woodstock).
Davison also organized in December of 2019. the short-lived “Stop The Squad” slate uniting Lauf with Anna Paulina Luna (R, FL-13), Lisa Song Sutton (R, NV-04) and others, covered on McHenry County Blog nearly two years ago.
As many local Republican activists are aware, Axiom Strategies was trying to recruit young, attractive minority women to seek election to Congress for the 2020 election cycle, and Stop the Squad slate was a result of this recruitment effort.
Only two of the original Stop the Squad slate members won their respective Republican nominations, and none won election to Congress last year.
During the height of the IL-14 2020 Republican primary campaign, Davison even took a Twitter shot at me:
I enjoyed the laugh back in February of 2020 as to date, I have not received payment from anyone, and the Lauf campaign of IL-14 ended up finishing 3rd in the 7-way primary.
Outside of Virginia, the last time my path crossed with Davison was in the 2020 FL-19 Republican primary, where she was the spokesperson for Casey Askar, who finished 3rd in the 9-way Republican primary that year after putting $3 million of his own money to finish behind now Congressman Byron Donalds (R, FL-19).
Here is Davison’s bio, taken from Maverick PAC
A recipient of the 2019 American Association of Political Consultants’ “40 Under 40″ Award and one of Business Insider’s “Top 2022 Gen Z Campaign Operatives to Watch,” Kristin Davison is known to push candidates and campaigns to work harder, grow outside their comfort zones, and advance to the next level. She has over a decade of campaign and policy experience, from local mayoral races to national presidential campaigns, from the White House to the British House of Commons.
Davison studied political science, but the foundation of her education came during her time as Chief of Staff for former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, where she worked with statewide, national, and international campaigns, political groups, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal. She also led the research, editing, and marketing of the two national best-selling books, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” and “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.”
Davison has worked on statewide campaigns and issue initiatives across the country, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential primary campaign and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s winning 2016 re-election campaign. She joined Axiom Strategies as a vice president in 2019, and during the 2020 cycle, helped recruit more Republican women to run for office than any year previously, electing two new Republican women to Congress. Currently she is working to get Glenn Youngkin elected the next governor of Virginia this November, as well as with a number of stellar 2022 Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, governor, and U.S. Congress.
It will be interesting to see if Davison can help Sullivan’s campaign. Given his campaign had over $10 million at its disposal, he could afford to attract the help of Pennsylvania-based Davison, fresh off the big Youngkin win, to Illinois where he is looking to catch Republican front runner Darren Bailey (R, Xenia).
Will it help? Only time will tell.