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Doden shakes up campaign with Disney Channel hire

By: - February 6, 2023 4:29 pm
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Actor and White House press assistant Caroline Sunshine attends the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner at Washington Hilton on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Fort Wayne governor candidate Eric Doden announced the hiring of Caroline Sunshine — a former Disney Channel star — as his press secretary and communications director.

He is one of three Republicans in the 2024 race for governor.

Sunshine is best known for her role as Tinka Hessenheffer opposite Zendaya and Bella Thorne on the Disney Channel dancing show “Shake it Up,” which ran from 2010-2013, according to The Wrap.

She previously worked as a press assistant at the White House under former President Donald Trump, and also completed an internship there.

A press release at that time said in college Sunshine was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school’s Model United Nations team.

The Wrap also reported that prior to her internship at the White House, Sunshine interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party.

Doden is running alongside U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.


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