January 31, 2007

Ex-Hill Flacks To Help GOP Regain Message Footing

Capitolpurple_1 Roll Call reports that "as House Republicans repair their political operations in hopes of taking back the chamber next year, their message gurus are looking downtown for help. The National Republican Congressional Committee is asking veteran Capitol Hill flacks who now are working in the private sector to volunteer their advice on crafting a communications strategy."

Among those pitching in: Greg Crist, a former communications director of the House Republican Conference who now works at Dutko Worldwide; Gary Andres, also of Dutko; Stuart Roy, of DCI Group; Jonathan Grella, of Edelman; John Feehery, spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America; David All; Boehner alumns Terry Holt and Marc Lampkin; crisis expert Barbara Comstock and strategist Jonathan Baron.

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