Goettle to head up ad agency’s public affairs

Shane Goettle

FARGO – Shane Goettle has found new employment since ending his run for the U.S. House a few weeks ago.

Goettle will head up Odney‘s new public affairs department, the Bismarck-based advertising and marketing agency announced this morning.

In that role, Goettle will “will merge Odney’s new capabilities in government relations with its proven grassroots, media relations, campaign and public relations services to create North Dakota’s premier full service public affairs organization,” the agency said.

“Shane’s impressive career in state and federal government and the private sector combined with his legal background make him a natural fit,” Odney President Pat Finken said in a statement.

Goettle, a former state commerce commissioner, was Sen. John Hoeven’s state director from 2010 through last fall. He resigned the post to launch a bid for the Republican endorsement in this year’s U.S. House race.

Goettle was among five contenders seeking the party’s backing at the state convention April 1, where he came in second – conceding to Brian Kalk after three ballots, a move that consequently took him out of the 2012 contest.

Odney’s clientele predominantly includes well-known Republicans and conservatives in North Dakota. Finken has personally donated nearly $34,500 to GOP candidates in federal races since 1997, FEC records show.