No. 87: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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87. Jeff Randle

Jeff Randle is president and CEO of Randle Communications, which handles political strategy, media, communications and other chores for an array of clients, including the California Hospital Association, Golden 1, the California Association of Realtors and the California Earthquake Authority, among others. Randle served eight years as deputy chief of staff under former Gov. Pete Wilson, and was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political director in the 2003 recall campaign against Gray Davis. Randle is close to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and was chairman of the board of California Trailblazers, the state’s version of the NRCC’s Young Guns candidate recruitment program. Jessica Milan Patterson, the group’s CEO, was elected chair of the California Republican Party in 2019 – the first woman, and first Latina to lead the party – and some credit Randle as a guiding force behind her election. If so, it wouldn’t be Randle’s first time advising a prominent Republican woman: He was a key strategist for Meg Whitman and helped secure Pete Wilson’s endorsement for her gubernatorial run in 2010.

Updated August 13, 2020

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