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Chris LaCivita

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 8, 2011 - As Republican consultant Chris LaCivita sees it, his hiring by Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has little to do with LaCivita's notoriety as a key cog in the 2004 "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

The point, says LaCivita, is that he has been a major player in Republican congressional or gubernatorial campaigns in Missouri for at least a decade. They include Jim Talent's first 2002 bid for the U.S. Senate, Matt Blunt's 2004 contest for governor, Ed Martin's 2010 quest for Congress -- and Roy Blunt's 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The team behind Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate announced the addition of a new member today, Chris LaCivita. LaCivita was  "chief strategist for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and co-producer of their award winning ads," according to a release from Akin's team.

"Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" was the group involved in disputing the military record of former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in the 2004 election.