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April 30, 2007

Rep. Cardoza Names Tauscher Aide Press Secretary

Jamie McInerney has been hired as Press Secretary for Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA).  McInerney was a legislative aide for Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, D-Calif.

He replaces John Bray, now Press Secretary for the Senate Appropriations Committee.  (CQ People on the Move)

April 27, 2007

House Radio and TV Gallery Director Tina Tate Leaves for the Newseum

Tina Tate, the 25-year Director of the House Radio-Television Gallery, is leaving to manage media relations for the Newseum, which is set to open in October.  (Congress Daily AM's People Column)

April 26, 2007

Attribution Needed

A couple weeks ago, PF unveiled the press shops of the '08 presidential campaigns.  In this effort, we were aided substantially by a group called "Democracy in Action", which operates a website on GWU's domain.

Although we did some research on our own and kept our own lists, much of the background for many of the staffers was taken from the DiA site, and we did not attribute it to that site.  We apologize for this error.

If you want to see the site, use this address as a template: http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/obama/obamaorg.html.

DeGette's Comms Dir Goes to National Environmental Trust

Brandon MacGillis is joining the National Environmental Trust’s energy and climate media office, effective May 14.  He is Communications Director for Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).  (CQ People on the Move)

BREAKING NEWS: Tony Snow to Return to Work on Monday

Last night several of the cable news channels reported that White House Tony_snowPress Secretary Tony Snow has told his boss that he plans to return to work on April 30.

Snow's been away fighting a recurrence of cancer.

He surprised much of official Washington Saturday night when he attended the White House Correspondent's Dinner.

Snow is expected to handle the press briefings starting Monday and says he will continue working while he receives aggressive treatment for his cancer.

April 25, 2007

Former WH Flack McClellan Writing Book

Scott_mcclellan According to the USA Today, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is writing a memoir about his time in the White House.

The book will be a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Bush presidency and will be published next spring by PublicAffairs.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

McClellan's predecessor, Ari Fleischer, also wrote a book in 2005, Taking Heat, about his experiences in the White House.

Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) Names New Comms Director

Jesse Christopherson has been hired as Communications Director for Rep. Gene Green (D-TX).   Christopherson was an intern for Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND).  (CQ People on the Move)

FLACK PROFILE: White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino (Washington Times)

PF wanted to draw your attention to an interesting profile in Tuesday's Washington Times of the top flack at the White House, Dana Perino.

Dana_perino_2 Perino took over the daily press briefing from Tony Snow when he cancer came back and has done so admirably.

Interesting facts about Perino: she hails from Wyoming, stands barely 5'1", was previously spokeswoman at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and met her British husband on an airplane.

Another good profile of Perino can be found here by the Chicago Tribune.  In this profile, we learn she rises at 4:30am, turns in by 9:30pm, and exactly what her career trajectory was: Hill flack, PR in San Diego, DOJ flack, WH CEQ spokeswoman, WH Deputy Press Secretary.

Republican Whip Roy Blunt Announces Changes to Press Office

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced some changes to his leadership press office.Rep_blunt

Chris Tucker will serve as a Communications Advisor and Speechwriter and was formerly Communications Director for Rep. John Peterson (R-PA).

Amos Snead has been promoted to Press Secretary.  Before joining Rep. Blunt he was Press Secretary for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Sarah Little moves to Press Assistant from Staff Assistant.  (Congress Daily AM's People Column)

April 24, 2007

JOB OF THE WEEK: Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), Communications Director

Freshman Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) seeks a "highly motivated, detailed and experienced" Communications Director.

Rep_sestak According to the job listing, they are "seeking one who will develop and implement strategic communications plan and oversee all media operations for congressional office. Applicants should have a proven ability to work in a team environment, meet deadlines, and juggle multiple tasks. Additional responsibilities include drafting and editing speeches, news releases and advisories, and op-eds."

The listing continues, "must be able to work under tight deadlines, serve as spokesperson, and brief and staff the Member of Congress. Applicants should have excellent management and communication (written and oral) skills.  Positive attitude a must. Pennsylvania ties a plus. This is not an entry level communications position."

APPLY FOR THIS JOB: Email [email protected] with resume and two writing samples or fax to 202-226-0280 with “Communications Director Position” in the subject line. Absolutely no calls or drop-ins.  (MYDCNet.com)

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