GOP consultant Beth Miller is going solo, launching her own public affairs and political strategy firm.
Miller Public Affairs Group which opens its doors Jan. 1, will continue political and communications strategy for clients of Miller's current firm, Wilson-Miller Communications .
Miller's announcement comes two months after her business partner Marty Wilson announced he was leaving Wilson-Miller to manage the political operations at the California Chamber of Commerce. The firm, founded in 2004, has managed major statewide candidates and ballot measure campaigns in recent years, including Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina's 2010 U.S. Senate bid.
Current Wilson-Miller aides Nick Garcia and Brooke Armour and Jessica Ng, a former Wilson-Miller employee who most recently worked for GOP Sen. Anthony Cannella, will join Miller at the new venture.
The firm also announced the departure of another partner yesterday. GOP consultant Julie Soderlund, who joined Wilson-Miller in 2007, will leave Sacramento for Switzerland next month to start a new job as director of regulatory communications for Phillip Morris International. Soderlund, a former deputy press secretary for GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said while she will miss her work at the California firm, she is excited about the "opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream to work in countries around the world and to live in another culture."
GOP strategist Marty Wilson joins CalChamber
Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect that the full name of the firm is Miller Public Affairs Group, not Beth Miller Public Affairs Group, and to correct the attribution of a quote on Soderlund's departure.