September 29, 2014

Ayotte Aide Grappone to Siemens

Jeff GrapponeJeff Grappone, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and top aide since her 2010 campaign, has joined Siemens in their media relations department, based in Washington, DC.  The news was first reported in Politico’s “Playbook.”

Grappone previously served as Press Secretary to U.S. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) and on the legislative staff of U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH).  In 2008, he was a spokesman for the presidential campaigns of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-New York City).

He's a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Concord, NH.  (Politico “Playbook”)

September 04, 2014

Claffey Leaves Sen. Chambliss for House Homeland Security Committee

Lauren ClaffeyLauren Claffey, the Communications Director for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is leaving his office after five years to become Communications Director for the House Homeland Security Committee under chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Claffey has been replaced in Sen. Chambliss’ office by “fellow Georgian” Virginia Dent.

Claffey got her start interning for Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) and in the press office of U.S. Sen. Jonny Isakson (R-GA), before working her way up from Deputy Press Secretary to press Secretary to Communications Director for Sen. Chambliss.

Claffey is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia and has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University.  (PF reporting)

September 02, 2014

Sen. Paul’s Flack Bagley Smith Named Communications Director for House Majority Whip Scalise

Moira Bagley SmithHouse Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) today announced that Moira Bagley Smith has joined the leadership office as Communications Director.

She most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) since his election to Congress.

Prior to her tenure with Sen. Paul, Moira began her career in DC at Roll Call Newspaper before working for the Republican National Committee and subsequently, The Daily Caller.

She is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky.  (PF tipster)

August 25, 2014

Former Cantor Press Secretary Whittemore Joins Perdue’s U.S. Senate campaign

Megan WhittemoreRoll Call’s Kyle Trygstad reports that Megan Whittemore has joined the David Perdue for U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia as Communications Director.

Whittemore was previously Press Secretary for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).  She served on Capitol Hill for nearly five years.  She got her start as a research producer at Fox News for Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Whittemore is a graduate of The George Washington University and a native of Middletown, NJ.  (Roll Call)

August 24, 2014

Kirby Departs Hastings’ Office for IPAA

Neal KirbyNeal Kirby, Press Secretary for Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced he is leaving after five and a half years to become Manager of Public Affairs and Communications at the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).

He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Mandeville, LA. (PF tipster)

August 04, 2014

House Majority Whip Announces Two Members of Communications Staff

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced two members of his communications staff for the ofice of the Majority Whip and his personal office.  Scalise became House Majority Whip on July 31st. 

TJ Tatum, Deputy Communications Director: TJ joins the Office of the Majority Whip after most recently serving as the Communications Director to both the Republican Study Committee and Rep. Scalise in his personal office.  He came to Team Scalise from the office of Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and began his career on Capitol Hill with former Rep. Quico Canseco (R-TX).  TJ is a graduate of Boston College.

Office of the First District of Louisiana

Erika McManus, Press Secretary:  A native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Louisiana State University, Erika joined the office of Rep. Scalise and the Republican Study Committee as Deputy Communications Director.  Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Erika worked for FOX News Channel in the D.C. Bureau.  Erika also received her MBA from LSU.  (PF tipster)

May 14, 2014

Durbin Flack Gleischman Moving to U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Office

Max GleischmanPolitico’s Mike Allen reports that Max Gleischman is the new Communications Director and spokesperson for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  Gleischman had been serving as Communications Director for Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Allen replaced Nayyera Hag, who was serving as acting director following the departure of Erin Pelton.  (Politico)

May 12, 2014

Alety Departs FSR for Rep. Royce

Saat AletySaat Alety, the Digital Media Manager for Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), started Monday as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

He previously worked as Nevada Digital Director for the Romney presidential campaign and U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL).

He’s a 2010 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.  (PF tipster)

March 11, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Senate Appropriations Committee (Majority), Press Assistant / Deputy Secretary

Senate AppropsThe Senate Appropriations Committee, under Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), is seeking a press assistant / deputy press secretary to handle a wide range of responsibilities within a two person communications team.

The ideal candidate has some familiarity with the hill and experience in a Congressional press office as well as the flexibility to work quickly and carefully under tight deadlines. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, compiling daily news clips, compiling news research, drafting media releases/advisories, maintaining press contact lists, research, creating social media content, and managing web content.

The person in this position must be able to write memos, talking points, press statements and presentations, as well as and respond to media requests. This position requires attention to detail, creativity, strong writing ability and grammar skills, and a willingness to learn. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and graphic design is a plus, as are graphic and/or video editing skills. This is not an entry level position.

TO APPLY: Email your resume, with the subject line: Potomac Flacks, to vincent_morris@appro.senate.gov.  (PF exclusive)

February 05, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: U.S. Senate (Democrat), Press Secretary

Us_senate_sealCommunications professionals: Do you know what to do with a Loose Cannon or a Natty Boh? Do Berger Cookies or Smith Island Cake remind you of home?

If you answered yes and you are an outstanding writer with strong media skills, we are looking for you.

A Progressive U.S. Senator from Maryland is seeking a state-based Press Secretary.

In addition to excellent writing skills under fast-changing deadlines, ideal candidates should be self-motivated and detail oriented. A minimum of two years working with or in media is required. Capitol Hill experience preferred but not essential. Working knowledge of Baltimore media will raise candidates to the top ranks of those considered.

Day-to-day responsibilities include drafting media releases/advisories and other press materials, maintaining press contact lists, event development and advance, creating social media content, managing web content and answering media inquiries. Strong candidates will be fast learners with the ability to grasp a variety of complex issues and translate them in easy to understand language. Maryland ties a strong plus. The position is based in Baltimore, works closely with field staff across the state, and reports to the Communications Director.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 writing samples to press@cardin.senate.gov.

Please do not post on additional sites or listservs.  (PF exclusive)

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