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February 27, 2008

House Approps Hires Hing

Jennifer Hing has been hired as director of Republican communications for the House Appropriations Committee.  Hing was Press Secretary to Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.  (CQ People on the Move)

Goldberg Named Deputy Press Secretary for Sen. Mary Landrieu

Marni Goldberg, currently the Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic Leadership Council, has been hired as Sen. Mary Landrieu's new Deputy Press Secretary.  Goldberg, who starts her new gig on March 10,  was previously a freelance reporter and was the editor-in-chief on the Miami Student, the campus newspaper of her alma mater, Miami University of Ohio.  She replaces Scott Schneider who has moved to New Orleans to become Landrieu's campaign Press Secretary.  (PF Tipster)

February 26, 2008

Ocampo Moves to Colombian Embassy

Sandra Ocampo has been hired as the Press Secretary for the Colombian Embassy.  Previously, Ocampo was with the mayor's office in Medellian, Colombia. (CQ People on the Move)

February 25, 2008

Boulanger Joins Prism Public Affairs as EVP

PrismJessica Boulanger is joining Prism Public Affairs as executive vice president.  Most recently, Jessica was director of communications at the National Republican Congressional Committee and she has also worked for a number of high-profile Members of Congress such as Rep. Tom Delay, Rep. Roy Blunt and Rep. Deborah Pryce.  In addition to her tours of duty on the hill, Boulanger also did a brief stint for Progress for America where she played a critical roll in helping shepperd President Bush's Supreme Court nominees through their confirmations.   With her move to Prism Public Affairs, Boulanger -- well-respected by her peers and the media -- will be reuniting with the battle-tested and highly-regarded Stuart Roy, a partner at the firm and former colleague from the Hill. (National Journal)

Del. Holmes Norton Hires New Communications Director

Tamainia Davis has been hired as Communications Director for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).  Davis was an associate producer with the Maslow Media Group and replaces Doxie McCoy, now Communications Director for Vincent Gray, chairman of the Washington, D.C., city council.  (CQ People on the Move)

February 19, 2008

Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) Promotes From Within

Pat Creighton, who has handled a legislative portfolio for Rep. John Peterson (R-PA), including agriculture, trade and energy, as a legislative assistant, was recently promoted to Communications Director.  A Philadelphia native, Creighton did a two-year stint at the Labor Department prior to joining Peterson’s staff in October 2006.  He takes over for Travis Windle, who was recently named Regional Press Secretary for the House Republican Conference.  (PF tipster)

February 15, 2008

Adam Sharp: Onward and Upward

Adam Sharp, Sen. Mary Landrieu's communications director, is movin onward and upward.  He was recently promoted to deputy chief of staff.  Congrats on the new position! (CQ Today)

February 14, 2008

ATF Spokesman Tasered in the Line of Duty

Taser Thanks to the good work by our friends Patrick Gavin and Jeff Dufour at Yeas & Nays, we learned today that being a flack sometimes means taking one for the team.  Mike Campbell, the spokesman for the D.C. field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, got himself Tasered at the ATF academy on Monday.  Don't tase me bro!  Don't tase me!  (Examiner)

February 13, 2008

ESA Promotes Hewitt to Senior Director of Communications

Esa The Entertainment Software Association, a trade association for the video and computer games industry, has promoted Dan Hewitt to senior director of communications. Hewitt has been with ESA since 2004. In his new role, Hewitt will work on projecting the industry's voice on First Amendment protections, the dangers of global piracy, industry self-regulation, the E3 Media & Business Summit and the cultural and economic significance of games. (Congress Daily)

Rumored NYC Mayoral Candidate Rep. Anthony Weiner Hires top NY Flack

Weiner_2 John Collins has been named Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).  Collins was Press Secretary to New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and replaces Glen Caplin, who left in December to join Rubenstein Associates. (NY Daily News “The Daily Politics” column by Elizabeth Benjamin)

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