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September 28, 2007

C-SPANer launches PR practice

Jennifer Moire, previously head of media relations at C-SPAN, has launched Lyon Park Public Relations. Moire's prior experience includes national and statewide political campaigns, international PR firms, including Dittus Communications and Shandwick Public Affairs, as well as corporate communications positions with two global companies in Minnesota. (PF Tipster)

September 26, 2007

McCabe Heads to the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign

Meghan McCabe has been hired as communications director for the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign. McCabe was communications strategist at Spectrum Science Communications. (CQ People on the Move)

September 24, 2007

Obama's Senate Office Communications Director Heads to Campaign

Images1Ben LaBolt, Communications Director for U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has left the official Senate office for Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign. (PF tipster)

Kaminsky Heads to Burson-Marsteller

Allison Kaminsky, the television communications advisor for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is leaving her job to work in the public affairs department at Burson-Marsteller. (PF Tipster)

September 21, 2007

Mexican Embassy Announces New Communications Director

Images1Ricardo Alday has been named the new Communications Director at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Alday is a veteran in covering the U.S. as the longtime New York-based correspondent for Notimex, the Mexican News Agency. He succeeds Rafael Laveaga, who is now back in Mexico City in charge of Consular Affairs at the Foreign Ministry. (PF Tipster)

Schumer Press Secretary Heads to Levick

Andrew Koneschusky, former Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), has joined Levick Strategic Communications as an Account Supervisor. Earlier in his career, Koneschusky worked as Communications Director for U.S. Reps. Jack Murtha (D-PA) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and was previously Executive Director and Communications Director for the Louisiana Democratic party. (PF Tipster)

New Deputy Asst. for Advance and Operations at the White House

Also today, the White House named Specer Geissinger to be Deputy Assistant to the President for Advance and Operations. He was previously Vice President of Business Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Operations at Alpha Protective Services, and has worked at SEG Global Partners Consulting Group, the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee, the 2004 G8 Summit Planning Organization and at the U.S. Department of State as Assistant Chief Protocol Officer. (PF Tipster)

ABC News Vet Heads to White House

Today, the White House announced that Adam Belmar has been appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for Production. Belmar was Senior Producer of "This Week with George Stephanopolous" at ABC News. He was previously Senior Producer of "Good Morning America" at ABC News, and has also been a producer at the "McLaughlin Group "and Tribune Broadcasting.

Paul Broun Hires Comm. Director

John Kennedy has been hired as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for freshman Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA). Broun won the seat of the deceased former Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). Kennedy is a 1997 graduate of the University of Alabama law school and previously worked for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). (Roll Call Climbers column)

September 18, 2007

Gov. Time Kaine's Press Secretary to Join Senate Campaign of Mark Warner

Warner Kevin Hall, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's (D-VA) Press Secretary, announced this morning he is leaving the administration to join former Gov. Mark R. Warner's (D-VA) campaign for the U.S. Senate.  Hall said his resignation will take effect in November. He will likely become Warner's chief spokesman for the 2008 campaign.  Hall is a former radio reporter and Richmond-based Associated Press print journalist.  When Warner (D) was elected governor in 2001, Hall left journalism to become Warner's deputy press secretary in 2002.  In 2005, Hall became Warner's chief spokesman, a job he continued in after Kaine took office in 2006.  Warner's 2008 Senate campaign will be Hall's first foray into elective politics.  In the coming weeks, Warner is expected to ramp up staffing for his Senate bid, including hiring a campaign manager.  Monica Dixon, who had been deputy chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore, currently serves as Warner's chief spokesman. Dixon is likely to become a senior strategist for Warner's Senate campaign.  No word yet on who Kaine will hire to replace Hall.  (Washington Post's Virginia Politics Blog)

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