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December 30, 2009

Ed Andrews Joins Capital Gains And Games

Ed andrews Edmund L. Andrews, who just left the New York Times after a long and distinguished career as a business and economics correspondent, has joined Capital Gains and Games, a blog that covers Washington, Wall Street and everything in between and has top-shelf contributors such as Bruce Bartlett, Stan Collender, Pete Davis, and Andrew Samwick.

During his more than 20 years with the Times, Ed covered everything from the Internet and biotech revolutions to the emergence of capitalism in central Europe and Russia and the Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke.  He has also made frequent television and radio appearances on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Today, 20/20, All Things Considered, Lou Dobbs on CNN, the Colbert Report, BBC Worldwide, MSNBC, and CNBC.  Ed’s posts will begin on January 4. (PF Tipster)

December 29, 2009

GOP Committee Flack Genco Hired by Rep. Issa's Committee

Stephanie Genco House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) is expanding his Committee’s press shop to start 2010 and has hired Stephanie Genco, formerly Press Secretary for the House Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Peter King (R-NY).  Genco will be Press Secretary and will be focusing on working with the Committee’s Republican Members to advance their priorities and Committee initiatives.  (PF tipster)

December 21, 2009

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Hires

Brian Hale is the new director of the Office of Public affairs at U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementBrian-hale-lg (ICE). He is responsible for internal and external communications.

He previously served in the National pressOffice in the Office of Public Affairs at the FBI and served as a spokesman for the FBI on matters related to counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and operational technology. Prior to the FBI, he was the press relations manager for Patton Boggs. He also served as a field producer for ABC's 20/20. (PF Tipster)


December 20, 2009

With Keeley Deploying to Kandahar, Sen. Barrasso Hires Lawrimore as Communications Director

Emily Lawrimore Emily Lawrimore has been named the new Communications Director for U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).  She is replacing Greg Keeley, who is deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 23 as a U.S. Navy Psychological Warfare Officer.  Keeley, a native of Perth, Australia who became an American citizen in 2008, is currently a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as Communications Director for Sen. Barrasso for the last two years.  Lawrimore has previously served as an Assistant Press Secretary in the George W. Bush White House, as Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and most recently as Communications Director of the House Natural Resources Committee. (PF reporting)

Rep. Miller Hires Veteran Senate Flack Sayago as Communications Director

Erin Sayago Erin Sayago has been hired as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI).  Sayago was Press Secretary to appointed Sen. George LeMieux (R-FL) and Deputy Press Secretary to former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL).  Sayago has also served as Press Secretary for the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

U.S. Chamber Hires Iowa TV Veteran Goettel as Manager of Media Relations

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Bryan Goettel has been hired as Manager of Media Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Goettel was a reporter for KWWL Television in Waterloo, Iowa.  (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

December 18, 2009

Washington Post Correspondent John Ward Anderson Joins Podesta Group as Principal

Podesta Group John Ward Anderson, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and currently editor of POLITICO Magazine, will join the Podesta Group in January as a Principal.  He will focus on the Podesta Group’s expanding international business and also will assist clients in public relations and media strategies.


Anderson currently is the editor of POLITICO Magazine, a major division of one of America’s most dynamic “new media” companies. He also assists in editing coverage of the White House, health care, energy and the environment, the economy and defense for POLITICO’s website and daily newspaper.


Prior to POLITICO, Anderson was one of the longest-serving foreign correspondents in the history of The Washington Post, spending 16 years overseas as the bureau chief in New Delhi, Mexico City, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Paris. He was one of The Post’s senior Baghdad correspondents, frequently reported from Afghanistan, and spearheaded the paper’s groundbreaking coverage of Iran.


Anderson is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in Silver Spring with his son and wife, Molly Moore, also a former Washington Post correspondent. (PF tipster)

December 11, 2009

McCleary, Flack for Rep. McHenry and Experienced Operative, Hired as Northeast RPD at NRCC

Brock McCleary has been hired as the Northeast Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). He was Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Before that, McCleary was Vice President at Revolution Media Group, a political media and public affairs firm. Earlier, he served as Political Director for the New Jersey Republican Party and was Deputy Coalitions Director for the 1998 re-election campaign of Gov. Tom Ridge of (R-PA).  (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

People for the American Way Flack Moves to CREW

Crew_logo  Matt Jacob has been hired as Communications Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).  Jacob was Deputy Communications Director for People for the American Way.  (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

Freshman Rep. Owens Hires Campaign Flack Boughtin for Hill Office

Jonathan Boughtin has been hired as Press Secretary for Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY). He was Communications Director for Owens’ congressional race. Boughtin has previously served as Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN).  (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

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