Josh Thomas leaves state House GOP consulting; Chip Saltsman wants the job

Veteran Tennessee GOP political strategist Chip Saltsman is seeking a new gig as state House Republicans’ 2014 campaign consultant, GOP sources tell the Times Free Press.

Saltsman managed Republican Mike Huckabee’s 2008 GOP presidential primary bid. He later went on to run Republican Chuck Fleischmann’s successful 2010 and 2012 3rd Congressional District campaigns.

In addition to managing Fleischmann’s campaigns, Saltsman served as the Chattanooga congressman’s first chief of staff in Washington. He continues to do campaign consulting for Fleischmann, according to the congressman’s Federal Election Commission disclosure.

…State House Republicans are looking for a new director after Josh Thomas, who successfully oversaw their 2010 and 2012 campaigns, recently opted this election cycle to take a job running North Carolina state House races.

During Thomas’ tenure in Tennessee, the number of House Republican representatives soared from 50 members to a 70-member “super majority” in the 99-member chamber.