February 04, 2010

RNC Hires Doug Heye as Communications Director

Doug RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced the hiring of Doug Heye as Communications Director and the promotion of Katie Wright to Deputy Communications Director.

Heye served in the same position for RNC chair Michael Steele during Steele's run against Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) in '06 and is close to the chair. Before that, Heye led Sen. Richard Burr's comms shop.

He has close relationships with both NRSC comms chief Brian Walsh and NRCC communications director Ken Spain, and he is well-known on Capitol Hill from his frequent appearances on cable news.

Heye fills a gap that has been open since Trevor Francis was forced out in late Nov. The deputy comms director left at the same time, and last week RNC press secretary Gail Gitcho announced she would leave to take over communications for Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA). (Hotline)

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