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marty.bmpThe California Chamber of Commerce is beefing up its political team ahead of the 2012 elections, hiring veteran GOP strategist Marty Wilson to lead its campaign operations.

Wilson, who recently served as a top strategist for Republican Carly Fiorina's 2010 U.S. Senate bid, has left his day job as founding partner of Wilson-Miller Communications to become CalChamber's vice president of public affairs.

CalChamber CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement that Wilson will "play a key role in CalChamber's focused efforts to identify and support pro-jobs candidates from both political parties who will work to improve California's economy."

"2012 is one of the most important election years in decades, particularly for the California legislature. Their boundary lines have, for the first time, been drawn by a citizens commission rather than themselves and we will have an open primary, due to Proposition 14, where the top two candidates -- regardless of party -- will run off in the general election," Zaremberg said. "In this new political environment, Marty's experience and credibility will be extremely valuable to the business community as we work to identify and elect legislators who will be focused on job creation."

Beth Miller, a founding partner at Wilson-Miller, said the firm "remains focused and committed to providing the extraordinary level of service our clients have come to expect from us."

"Although we will miss him at Wilson-Miller we understand his decision to join the Chamber and work toward creating a better business climate for California," she said in a statement.

It is unclear whether Wilson will retain a financial stake in the firm. Inquiries sent to Miller and the Chamber were not immediately returned.


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