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February 27, 2009

Three Experienced GOP Flacks Start Endeavor Global Strategies

EGS_LtoR_NI_GH_SS Former Capitol Hill staffers Nathan Imperiale, Gretchen Hamel, and Sean Spicer are joining forces to launch a public relations and strategy firm, Endeavour Global Strategies. "We all enjoyed working together before and wanted to create a firm of our own that utilizes our unique nexus of experience -- international, policy, political and new media," Hamel said. Spicer and Hamel served as assistant and deputy assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative media affairs office in the Bush administration.  Hamel has worked for former House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, and Rep. John Carter (R-TX).  Spicer has worked for the House Republican Conference, House Budget Committee, House Government Reform Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.  Imperiale is a former aide for the House Republican Conference.  (Congress Daily AM's "People" column)

Rahall Promotes Berkley to Press Secretary

Rahall Rachael Berkey has been promoted from Staff Assistant to Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).  Berkey succeeds  Lara Cottingham, who is now Communications Director to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).  (CQ's "People on the Move" column)

February 26, 2009

Kincaid Named Communications Director for Rep. Schakowsky

Trevor KincaidSchakowsky  has been hired as the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  Kincaid was most recently Communications Director for former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX) and for his re-election campaign (PF tipster).

Former GOP Convention Flack Burgos Hired at NRCC

Joanna Burgos has been named Western Regional Press Secretary at the NRCC, with a focus on Spanish-language media.  Burgos, who is fluent in Spanish, finished up the 2008 cycle as the Communications Director for the Nevada Republican Party.  Prior to that gig, Burgos was the Press Secretary for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN and a communications aide for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA).  (Roll Call's "Shop Talk" column)

Harkin Names Agriculture Committee Communications Director to Same Role in Personal Office

Harkin Kate Cyrul has been hired as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).  She was majority Communications Director for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which Harkin chairs.  Before that, Cyrul was communications director for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and also worked as Press Secretary to Rep. George Miller (D-CA).  Cyrul succeeds Jennifer Mullin.  (CQ's "People on the Move" column)

Jim O'Connor Named Communications Director for Burris

Burris Jim O’Connor has been hired as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Roland Burris (D-IL).  O’Connor was a political commentator for the television news station KRON4 in San Francisco.  He previously worked as a Press Secretary for the 2004 Illinois Senate campaign of Blair Hull and as a political director at Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies, a public affairs firm in Chicago.  (CQ's "People on the Move" column)

February 25, 2009

Gov. Paterson Snags Former Clinton Flack Peter Kaufmann

The NY Times reports, that Risa B. Heller, the departing Communications Direc tor for Go v. David Paterson (D-NY), will be replaced by Peter Kaufmann, a former Navy intellPatersonigence officer who has worked as a Press Secretary for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was a U.S. Senator.  Kaufmann currently is a Vice President in the New York Office of the Glover Park Group, a consulting and lobbying company.

According to his biography, Kaufmann "was a geopolitical analyst specializing in the Pacific region and was deployed twice aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.  Prior to joining the military, Kaufmann served as Press Secretary for Senator Clinton.  In the 2000 election cycl e, Kaufmann was Press Secretary for the 2000 New York Coordinated Campaign and he was also previously a Deputy Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee.

Boeing Hires McCormack

Mccormack Boeing has announced that Sean McCormack will join the company from the U.S. State Department, taking on responsibilities as vice president, Communications. McCormack will report to Tom Downey, senior vice president, Communications.

McCormack, 44, most recently was assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. State Department, reporting to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He was responsible for the State Department's global communications strategies, including media relations, state and local government relations, and digital media outreach. In addition, he served the department as chief spokesman.

From 2001-2005, McCormack was deputy White House press secretary and National Security Council spokesman. In that role, he was responsible for National Security Council media relations and prepared Rice for her testimony before the 9-11 Commission when she was National Security Advisor. (Boeing)

February 24, 2009

Woodhouse Returns to DNC; Finney Starts Consulting Firm

Brad Woodhouse will be the new director of communications and research at the DNC. Woodhouse is currently the head of Americans United for Change, but has just left that job to return to the DNC. He served in the communications shop of the DNC during the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama but returned to Americans United, a liberal outside interest group, after the election.  Woodhouse has close ties to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with whom he worked in the office of Rep. Bobby Etheridge (D-NC) during the 1990s.

Woodhouse replaces Karen Finney, who will be starting her own consulting firm. She told Jay Newton Small of TIME Magazine, "I'm gonna enjoy the fruits of having helped get Dems back in power now that DC will be fun again!” (Washington Post's The Fix column and TIME's Swampland)

February 23, 2009

Tucker Carlson Joins Cato Institute

Be-tucker-01 Noted columnist and television commentator Tucker Carlson has joined the Cato Institute as a senior fellow, according to a press release from the Cato Institute.

“I’ve admired the Cato Institute since I first read its publications, passed around like samizdat on my college campus,” said Carlson of his new affiliation.  ”When I moved to Washington, I discovered that my impression of Cato had been right: The people I met there were some of the smartest, bravest and most interesting in the city. While others are blinded by expedience or group think, Cato stands on principle, always. I’m honored to be affiliated with it.”

Carlson will use his initial time with Cato to focus on writing a book on the state of the American polity.  Through other writings as well as media and public speaking appearances, he will also seek to educate the broader public about how the libertarian philosophy differs from the standard liberal and conservative orthodoxies embodied in the two main U.S. political parties.

“Tucker Carlson is one of the most effective communicators of libertarian ideas in the nation,” said Cato founder and president Ed Crane.  “We are delighted to have him associated with Cato as a senior fellow.”

Carlson was co-host of the staple CNN debate program “Crossfire” and also had his own programs on MSNBC (”Tucker”) and PBS (”Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered”), as well as appearing regularly on numerous other news programs.  Though sometimes showcased by these networks as the “conservative” point of view, Carlson became a dependable critic of numerous Bush administration policies, including wasteful spending and the war in Iraq.

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