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  (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

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

August 12, 2013

Crosson Moves from Capitol Hill to the Consumer Bankers Association

Thomas CrossonToday is Thomas Crosson’s first day as Director of Media Relations and Communications for the Consumer Bankers Association.

For the past two years and eight months Crosson was Communications Director for Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH).

He is a Purdue University graduate.  (PF tipster)

August 08, 2013

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

U.S. Senate logo (blue block)Democratic Senate Committee Chairman seeks self-motivated and detail-oriented Deputy Press Secretary.

Day-to-day responsibilities include assisting with daily news clips, drafting media releases/advisories, maintaining press contact lists, creating social media content, managing web content and answering media inquiries.  The position requires outstanding oral communication and writing skills, as well as the ability to produce quality work under deadlines.  The ideal candidate will be a fast learner with the ability to quickly grasp complex issues and condense them into easy to understand language. Previous Hill experience or financial services experience a plus.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume and two writing samples (no more than one page each) to No phone calls or drop-ins, please.  (PF tipster)

July 29, 2013

Cunningham Leaving Shirley & Bannister to Return to Capitol Hill

Jameson CunninghamJameson Cunningham announced to friends on Friday that he was returning to Capitol Hill to serve as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), effective Aug. 1.

Cunningham joined Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs (SBPA) as an Account Executive in 2010, where he coordinated media for the Susan B. Anthony List, Movieguide, and the Traditional Values Coalition, as well as book promotion for authors like Judge Andrew Napolitano and former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  Previously, he served as Press Secretary to U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI).

He is a native of the Chicago area and a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.  (PF tipster)

July 23, 2013

Former Aide to Sens. Kyl & Flake Andrew Wilder Hired by Gov. Brewer

Andrew WilderFirst reported by The Arizona Republic, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) appointed Andrew Wilder as her new Communications Director and official spokesman.  He replaces Matthew Benson, who left to join the lobbying and public affairs firm Veridus.

Wilder was most recently spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.  Previously he was Communications Director for the successful U.S. Senate campaign of then-U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and before that, for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).

Wilder is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a native of Phoenix.  (Arizona Republic)

July 22, 2013

Leieritz Promoted at House Small Business Cmte

Jeff Leieritz has been promoted to Deputy Press Secretary at the House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO).  Jeff was promoted from the position of Director of New Media, and Clerk before that.

Before joining the Committee as a staff assistant in January 2011, Leieritz worked for political consulting company, Axiom Strategies, in 2010. His campaign experience includes working on John Oxendine for Governor in Georgia, Mike Thompson for Congress in Oklahoma, and Carl DeMaio for San Diego City Council in California.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University and will be getting married to Anna Lake, who is Legislative Council for Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), this December.  (PF tipster)

June 09, 2013

Remainders: Items We Missed

Sorry we missed youCatching up on some important flack items we missed:

  • Justin DeJong is the new Vice President, Editorial and Channel Strategy at the American Medical Association.  He was the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing media relations for the third largest federal department, including for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.  DeJong is a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office.
  • Todd Winer is the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).  He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
  • White House flack Clark Stevens is the new Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Stevens was an Assistant White House Press Secretary and from 2009-2010 was first Press Secretary at FEMA, then at DHS.  He previously worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Jennifer Hoelzer launched an LA-based public affairs firm, IOC Strategies, Inc.  Hoelzer has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has consulted on the HBO series, “Veep.”  She previously worked for U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and as a writer/producer for The McLaughlin Group.

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