With all elections come shuffles, and two of Gov. Bobby Jindal's top aides are leaving for other pursuits. Jindal's chief of staff and longtime right-hand man, Timmy Teepell, will leave to become a partner at the Virginia-based political consultancy firm OnMessage, Inc. (which does all of Jindal's media and polling). OnMessage is a solidly GOP outfit that has guided several high-profile Republicans to recent victories, including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Teepell will open a new Southern office for the firm in Baton Rouge and will continue to advise Jindal. The new chief of staff is Stephen Waguespack, a former deputy chief of staff and executive counsel to the governor, who was working as acting chief of staff while Teepell guided Jindal's re-election campaign.
Jindal communications director Melissa Sellers, meanwhile, has a higher calling — she's enrolled at the Dallas Theological Seminary. A University of Texas grad, Sellers was in her mid-20s when she became Jindal's spokesperson, but she quickly earned a reputation for playing hardball even with friendly media. During her first year on the job, the LSU Daily Reveille and the staunchly Republican political site BayouBuzz.com both publicly called for her resignation on grounds of nonresponsiveness. Sellers' last day is Dec. 1; her replacement will be current press secretary Kyle Plotkin. — Kevin Allman