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January 30, 2008

Article VI Screening & Reception

31_multipart3f3_image001_2 As promised in an earlier posting, the screening for ARTICLE VI will be tomorrow -- Thursday, January 31, 2008 at The Heritage Foundation.  RSVP to [email protected] or call (949)296-1520.  Party starts at 6:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!  Don't hesitate to crash -- regardless of your politics.

January 24, 2008


Congressman Geoff Davis (R-KY) is seeking a Press Secretary. The successful candidate must have excellent written and oral communications skills and be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Responsibilities include: drafting/distributing press releases and media advisories, writing a weekly column, weekly e-newsletter, development and coordination of all franked materials, drafting regular proactive correspondence, planning and preparation for tele-town hall meetings, website maintenance, preparation of talking points and remarks, establishing and maintaining strong relations with local media and executing an aggressive earned media campaign. Additional projects will be assigned from time to time. The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude and be a team player. Prior communications/media relations experience and Kentucky ties are preferred. Please send cover letter, resume and writing samples to: [email protected] with “Press Secretary” in the subject line. No calls, faxes or drop-ins. (PF Tipster)

January 22, 2008

Corry Schiermeyer named Deputy Director of Communications for USDA

Usda Corry Schiermeyer, previously at Dittus Communications has been named Deputy Director of Communications at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Schiermeyer has served in the Bush Administration from 2001 to 2007 in various communications roles. She served as the National Security Council's Director for Global Communications from 2005-2007, the Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Global Communications from 2004-2005, the director of the U.S. Department of Energy press office from 2001-2004 and the Acting Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration. Schiermeyer also worked as a reporter for USA Radio Network in Dallas, Texas from 1997-1998 and holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. (PF tipster)

January 21, 2008

Three Former Flacks Make Their Way Back-To-The-Beltway Promoting Article VI

31_multipart3f3_image001_2 PF has learned that three former Potomac Flacks, Reed Dickens, Ben Porritt, and Peter Watkins, are behind the promotion of a new film coming soon to a theatre near you.  The film, Article VI: Faith.Politics.America, is an intense discussion of the role of faith in politics and explores the history of religious tests in America.  Much discussed in political circles, the film debuted last week to standing room only crowds in Orange County, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City.  More screenings are planned this month across the country, including Washington D.C. (date and time to be posted soon).

Dickens, former White House Assistant Press Secretary, and Porritt, former Press Secretary to Maj. Leader Tom Delay, run a high-octane PR shop out in California called Outside Eyes.  Watkins, a media mogul and former Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady and Spokesman in the Office of Media Affairs at The White House now lives in Salt Lake City and is the founder of Watkins Global Strategies.

Whether this is ploy to sell DVDs or not, it is smart marketing and lends an interesting story angle to a campaign season that is quickly becoming cliché.  Check out the film and the trailer at article6themovie.com. (PF Tipster)

Former Comm Dir for John Kerry, DC Mayor Williams heads to Patton Boggs

Vincemorristhumb Vince Morris, the well-known former Communications Director for U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and DC Mayor Anthony Williams, has begun working at Patton Boggs as the Director of Media Relations and Communications.  Vince was formerly a reporter at the New York Post and the Washington Times, and has also found himself on The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful list.  Congrats Vince on the new gig -- well deserved! (PF tipster)

Price Promotes Buck to Communications Director

Taking over for Jim Billimoria in Rep. Tom Price's (R-GA) office will be Brendan Buck, a graduate of the University of Georgia and a native of Alpharetta,Georgia.  Buck has served in Price's office since 2005, most recently as Deputy Communications Director.  (PF Tipster)

January 18, 2008

House Ways and Means Hires Billmoria as Republican Press Secretary

Jim Billimoria, the Communications Director for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and the new President of the Republican Communications Association, has been hired as the new Republican Press Secretary of the House Ways and Means Committee.  (PF tipster)

New Press Secretary at Commerce

Ann Marie Hauser just joined the Dept. of Commerce as their new Press Secretary. She spent the past year as the spokesperson for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury and previously served as a spokesperson at the RNC and Bush-Cheney 04. (PF Tipster)

January 17, 2008

Sr. Communications Exec. at Red Cross Moves Onward and Upward

Chucks_picture_3It's always good to know when one of our own moves up to the executive, corporate management level - just like Charles Dean Connor, the former Sr. VP for Communications & Marketing at the Red Cross national headquarters. On April 1, Connor will be the new COO at the American Lung Association, and as he transitions into that role, Connor will serve as Exec. Vice President at the American Lung Association. (PF Tipster)

Conference Replaces Stoick with Alexander Flack Bader

Jill Bader, previously Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), has joined the Senate Republican Conference as Press Secretary.  (PF tipster)

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