Boise’s Messina to advise Conservative British PM David Cameron

Jim Messina, the Boise High graduate who managed President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid is now working to help win a second term for the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party.

Messina’s new gig was first reported Friday by BBC News and picked up by other outlets, including the Washington Post and Associated Press.

Messina has opened a consulting outfit, the Messina Group. He told the Post he has “long admired” Cameron, a fiscal conservative who is taking flack from the left for budget cuts. While a fiscal conservative, Cameron would fit into liberal camps in the U.S. on issued such as climate change and foreign policy.

“While I will not be moving to London, nor will I be managing any type of day to day political operations, I will be offering strategic campaign advice leading up to 2015,” Messina told the Post.

Messina’s mother and step-father, Jan and Rick Heller, live in Nampa. Messina grew up in Boise and got his break in politics working for Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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