Patrick Mooney, the brother to Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), is running for Congress in Florida’s 6th Congressional District.
According to Sunshine State News,
“Mooney announced in February that he will seek the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) who is running for the U.S. Senate. A graduate of the conservative Leadership Institute, Mooney has worked for Response America, a marketing firm with ties to several Republicans including former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).”
Roll Call confirmed the family connection:
“Mooney’s brother, Patrick, is a direct-mail consultant and the candidate is likely to continue his fundraising pace. Meanwhile, everyone else is playing catch-up.”
The Shark Tank, a Florida political blog, said Mooney intends to “throw in his own cash to jump-start his congressional campaign.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mooney is the managing director of Response America, an Alexandria, Virginia-based marketing firm that works with Republicans and “right-of-center” non-profit organizations. His bio is also listed on Response America’s website.
The Federal Election Commission’s website lists Mooney’s campaign committee as operating from Ormond Beach, Florida.
Mooney Campaign Manager
Paul Kilgore, a Georgia-based political consultant, is Mooney’s listed campaign manager. Kilgore is the founder of Professional Development Services, a professional data services company that provides campaign finance work to congressional Republicans and candidates.
Kilgore was involved with the Make Us Great Again PAC, a Super PAC formed in 2011 to support former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) 2012 presidential campaign.
CBS News reported in March 2014 that Paul Kilgore’s name was registered to the domain “RedTedRun.com,” a website created by Ted Cruz supporters to encourage Cruz to run for president in 2016.
“The group is formally called Draft Ted Cruz for President and filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission back in January. The group is an independent expenditure committee, more commonly known as a “super PAC,” and can raise unlimited funds.
The website is registered to Paul Kilgore, a Georgia-based political consultant who is listed as the organization’s treasurer in official FEC filings. His firm, Professional Data Services, provides campaign finance work for about two dozen Republican members of Congress and a handful of political action committees.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Kilgore said his firm was not involved with any presidential candidates in either 2012 or 2008. He declined to comment on Cruz.”
Alex Mooney to chair Ted Cruz’s West Virginia presidential campaign
Rep. Mooney of West Virginia endorsed Ted Cruz’s presidential bid in January and will chair Cruz’s West Virginia campaign.
Sunshine State News reported that Mooney is joining a crowded Republican primary field.
“Other Republican candidates include attorney Malcolm Anthony, state Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach, businessman G.G. Galloway, Republican activist and Navy veteran Brandon Patty, and state Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona.
On the Democratic side, businessman Bill McCullough, attorney George Pappas and state Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach. Richard Paul Dembinsky is running with no party affiliation. Former U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Fla., had been running for the Republican nomination but she ended her campaign due to health reasons.”
Alex Mooney is a former Maryland state senator and a former Maryland Republican Party chairman. He moved to West Virginia in 2013 and quickly launched a congressional bid in the state’s 2nd congressional district to replace Shelley Moore Capito, who won a U.S. Senate seat in November 2014.
Florida will hold its primary election on Aug. 30.