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November 30, 2007

Latoff Named Northeast Press Secretary for the RNC

Rnc_2 Blair Latoff has been hired as the Northeast Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee.  She is leaving the Senate Judiciary Committee where she had been the Deputy Press Secretary.  The Pennsylvania native will assume her official duties on Dec. 5. (PF Tipster)

November 27, 2007

Segal Returns to Widmeyer

A veteran PR pro is returning to his old stomping grounds - Tad Segal will rejoin Widmeyer Communications as senior vice president, heading up Widmeyer’s public affairs practice. Segal first worked for the firm in 1997 as an account manager. (PF Tipster)

November 22, 2007

Huckabee Hires Director of Rapid Response

Huckster_2 The former founder of BlogsforFred, Joe Carter, has been hired to serve as Director of Rapid Response for the presidential campaign of former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), based in Little Rock.  Carter was running the web efforts for the Family Research Council. (Ambinder - The Atlantic blog)

November 20, 2007

Chief Communications Guru Leaves American Red Cross

Chuck Connor, sr. vice president for communications and marketing at the Red Cross will be leaving by the end of the year. Connor's work during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma was praised by PR Week and other trade publications.

No word yet on a replacement. (PF Tipster)

November 19, 2007

Giuliani's New Press Team Addition

Images1Healy Baumgardner, a former Bush White House official, has been hired by the Giuliani campaign to help set up and stage their public events.

Healy Baumgardner will serve as deputy communications director for press advance starting Dec. 1.

Now working for a PR firm, Baumgardner traveled with and in advance of President Bush, helping to arrange his appearances with the press.

She'll do much the same for Giuliani, working the traveling press corps to ensure they have what they need and serving as the on-site liaison for reporters at the candidate's events. (Politico)

November 16, 2007

Horowitz Joins American Association of Airport Executives

Aaaelogo64x64 Alexsis Horowitz has been hired as director of communications for the American Association of Airport Executives.  Horowitz was congressional relations liaison at the Federal Aviation Administration. (CQ People on the Move)

November 15, 2007

JOB OF THE WEEK: Communications Director for Congressman David Davis (TN-1st)

David_davis_tn_2The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills as well as the proven ability to manage multiple communications projects. A broadcasting background is a plus but not a requirement. She/he will be responsible for writing press releases, op-eds, direct mail pieces, talking points, organizing press events, maintaining the official website, writing monthly e-newsletters & coordinating Tele-town halls. Duties will also include organizing and briefing the Congressman for radio interviews, writing and implementing PSA's from the Congressman, speaking to the press and coordinating the Congressman's overall press relations.  The ideal candidate will have Hill or relevant press experience. Please email a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to the Chief of Staff, Brenda Otterson, [email protected] with Communications Director in the subject line.

Sen. Kohl's Press Secretary Named CoS for Louisiana Congressman

Melancon_7 Joe Bonfiglio has been named Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) beginning this month. The lawmaker's former chief of staff, Casey O'Shea, has been named national field director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Bonfiglio previously served as Press Secretary in the personal office of U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI).  Bonfiglio handled Kohl's media relations for the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and the Aging Committee.  Bonfiglio is also a former Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC).  (Congress Daily AM's People Column)

November 13, 2007

Warner's New Flack

ImagesBronwyn Lance Chester has been hired as Communications Director for retiring Sen. John W. Warner (R-VA). She was a columnist for McClatchy-Tribune News Service, specifically working as an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot. Lance Chester replaces John Ullyot, who left to join PR firm Hill & Knowlton. (CQ People on the Move)

November 12, 2007

We Want You!

Images1Unfortunately, over the past few months, some of our bloggers have moved or changed jobs and Potomac Flacks needs some extra help. So, we are looking for a few good volunteers to troll the blogs, read the trades and bug their friends for scoops and stories about the PR community in Washington. It doesn't take much time and it's easy to do.

Please remember that Potomac Flacks is non-partisan, so we want scoop and opinion from both sides of the aisle and everything in between. And, we would like for people to write more than just about job changes in Washington - this blog is all about the PR business. So, you can be creative. And, you don't have to send your posts through a vet process like you do a work - what freedom!

If you are interested, please e-mail me at [email protected]. Thank you.

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