- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele recently has filled two of his top U.S. Senate campaign staff slots, naming a former Democrat as his deputy campaign manager.

Marcus Reese, a 30-year old who worked for the Georgia Democratic Party in 2002, is the new deputy campaign director for Mr. Steele, a Republican.

A Steele campaign release said Mr. Reese was the Democratic Party’s political director who switched over to work for the Republican National Committee in 2004 in Florida.

A former colleague of Mr. Reese’s in Florida who asked not to be named said Mr. Reese is “a young African-American professional who figured out that he has a lot more in common with the Republican Party than with the Democratic Party.”

A Democratic official in Georgia sai Mr. Reese was not one of the state party’s top leadership team.

Mr. Reese most recently worked for the RNC in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Steele also hired a new campaign spokesman.

Doug Heye was hired from the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Democrat, and will join the campaign April 6.

Mr. Steele likely will face Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin or former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, who are vying for the Democratic nomination.

Maryland’s electorate is overwhelmingly Democratic and has a high percentage of black voters.

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