June 20, 2008

Woodhouse to DNC

Chris Cillizza is reporting that Brad Woodhouse is headed to the DNC Communications Department. He will share duties with current communications director Karen Finney. According to Cillizza, "those familiar with the setup say that Finney will remain a spokesperson for the DNC while Woodhouse will run the day to day operations of the organization. All of the current DNC press staff will remain in place."

Neither Woodhouse nor the DNC would comment on the pending move.

Cillizza continues: For Woodhouse, who has been running the issue-oriented progressive group Americans United for the last several years, his new post is a return home. He has a number of long-standing relationships with senior level staffers at the Obama campaign. Woodhouse did a stint in the consulting firm of Tewes and Steve Hildebrand, one of the lead strategists for the Illinois Senator, and has a relationship with Obama press operative Robert Gibbs that dates back to the late 1990s when the duo worked together in Rep. Bobby Etheridge's (D-N.C.) office. Woodhouse is taking leave from his current post at the head of Americans United but will return to the job once the election ends.

Woodhouse's hiring is the latest sign that Obama's campaign is working to install operatives of their own choosing in key roles across the party to ensure that the brand the Illinois Senator has built during the primary season is preserved in the general election. (The Washington Post's The Fix).

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