More recently, Elsass was a media strategist for Newt Gingrich's presidential bid (and before she dropped out of the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann
). He is also a media adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich
. "He takes his personal faith very seriously, which resonates with me," Kasich told the Columbus Dispatch
for a January profile of Elsass. "Rex, he kind of gets me, and he's good and he's local. This business of faith leads to being a good guy, and he's got good people around him."
That same piece described Elsass, who operates his firm, the Strategy Group for Media, out of an inn from the 19th century, as "a 49-year-old born-again Christian who owns a Bentley and gets around town in a chauffer-driven Cadillac Escalade and across the nation in the company jet." A senior Republican operative told National Journal
that Elsass is known for aggressively courting newly-announced Congressional candidates, flying on his jet to meet with them and make the sell.
Elsass' company -- he is the CEO -- lists clients from across the country
, including Sen. Rand Paul
, R-Ky., Reps. Trent Franks
, R-Ariz., Joe Heck
, R-Nev and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, among many others. His firm also worked on the campaign of Rep. Cliff Stearns
, R-Fla., who was upset earlier this month in a Republican primary to Ted Yoho
, a little-known veterinarian.
Elsass did not immediately return a call for comment about the Akin situation on Wednesday.
Josh Kraushaar contributed