David M. "Dave" Carney is a New Hampshire-based Republican who served briefly as chief political advisor for Newt Gingrich’s presidential run before tendering his resignation in June 2011. His departure from the Gingrich campaign has invited growing speculation he will consult Gov. Rick Perry in a presidential campaign.
Once described as "the wizard behind the curtain," Carney's other clients include conservative political action committees and 527 groups in various states.
Carney’s work with Perry stems from his professional consulting company, Norway Hill Associates Inc. Carney is president and CEO of the private New Hampshire-based company, and Perry is its major client. Carney has been consulting Perry throughout his elections since he ran for lieutenant governor in 1998. Since then, Carney consulted Perry in elections in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Carney served as Perry’s top consultant in his 2010 re-election campaign. He remained Perry’s top strategist during his time with the Gingrich campaign.
Carney's involvement in Texas politics dates back to 1993, when he counseled Kay Bailey Hutchison to electoral victory over U.S. Senator Bob Kruger. Carney also served as White House Director of Political Affairs under President George H.W. Bush and as Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 1993-1995. He also worked for Judd Gregg, who served as a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 1993-2011.
Carney's work as former U.S. Senator Bob Dole's campaign consultant is detailed in this 1995 profile in Time Magazine. Before joining Dole, Carney got experience handling gubernatorial communication when he served as deputy chief of staff to New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu from 1982-1989.
Carney is an avid scuba diver, according to his biography for the Republican Campaign College. He received his master’s in public policy from New England College.