March 19, 2012

Exclusive: Longtime Kyl Flack Patmintra Moving Family to Tampa to be Regional Director for Rubio

Ryan PatmintraRyan Patmintra, the longtime leadership office flack for Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be departing the office at the end of March to move closer to family as they relocate to Tampa where he will serve as Regional Director for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Patmintra has been Communications Director for Sen. Kyl since January 2006, and in that year he took three months off to advise Kyl’s re-election campaign.  Sen. Kyl is retiring from the Senate this year and not seeking reelection.

From 2004-2006 Patmintra was Deputy Communications Director for the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Before that, in 2004 he was an Account Coordinator for FitzGerald Communications, now a division of Flesihman-Hillard.

Patmintra is a 2003 graduate of James Madison University.  (PF exclusive)

October 08, 2010

White House Flack LaBolt Bolts to ChiTown to Help Emanuel

Ben LaBolt.jpg Ben LaBolt is leaving the White House later this month to become Communications Director for the Mayoral campaign of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (D-IL).  LaBolt, a native Chicagoan, was Press Secretary for then-Sen. Obama before working in the press shop on the presidential campaign.  Previously LaBolt was Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  (PF tipster)


September 25, 2008

McAuliffe Enlists Elleithee to Explore Possible Run for Governor in VA

TerryFormer Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe has enlisted the help of a veteran Virginia political consultant and former Hillary Clinton and Mark Warner spokesman Mo Elleithee to explore a possible run as Governor in VA for 2009.  According to various reports including The Washington Post, the hiring of Elleithee signals publicly what many Virginia insiders have known privately for several months: McAuliffe is almost certain to run for governor -- joining state Del. Brian Moran and state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who came within a few hundred votes of winning the attorney general's office in 2005.  McAuliffe also has the sage advice of Tracy Sefl, a highly-esteemed communications pro who now works at The Glover Park Group in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)

McCain's move: Brilliance or Blunder?

It's the question reverberating through Washington this morning.  Some think it's a bad idea all the way around and others think it's smart.  Let us know what you think.  One of our favorite hands at Politico, J-Mart, showcases some competing views on the right. 

August 20, 2008

Obama Campaign Announces New Illinois Director of Communications

Obama Senator Barack Obama announced that Justin DeJong has been named Director of Communications for Illinois, where he will manage the media requests and communications for Senator Obama's home state.  DeJong is taking a leave of absence from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as Director of Communications since December 2007.

In recent years, DeJong has served in numerous roles as a spokesperson in the administration of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, including Communications Director for the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), Communications Director for the Department of Central Management Services (CMS), and Communications Manager for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).   Before joining the Blagojevich administration in 2004, DeJong also worked at Chicago-based Peoples Energy Corp., Jasculca-Terman and Associates, and Mayor Richard M. Daley's Press Office.  (PF Tipster)

Porritt joins McCain Team as National Spokesman

As first reported in the Playbook, Benjamin H. Porritt has packed his bags and flown back to our nation's capitol from California to be a national spokesman for the McCain campaign focusing on the soon-to-be-announced Vice Presidential candidates.  Porritt, who hails from Danville, Illinois (home of Gene Hackman), earned his stripes on the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign and was battle-tested as the Press Secretary for Tom Delay when he underwent indictment.  This vetern communicator got his start -- you can't make this stuff up -- as a capitol tour guide wearing the red shirt and within six months was in the West Wing.  While most flacks in D.C. tend to circle the beltway, after a five-year stint, Porritt co-founded Outside Eyes in Newport Beach, CA with another pro, Reed Dickens.  The firm focuses on public strategy and crisis communications.  We expect Ben's additon will make an immediate impact to the campaign.  (PF Tipster) 

July 28, 2008

The Spokespundits

MaddenOur friend Howard Kurtz has a must read in today's Washington Post detailing how former campaign aides' insider views are on demand these days -- especially on cable TV.  Perhaps even surpassing the likes of big-named strategists -- i.e. James Carville, George Stephanopoulous, Bob Shrum and Karl Rove -- Kurtz puts on the table that this political season, many previously obscure spokesmen and second string assistants are becoming in-demand A-list cable news guests and "strategists." 

Is it their insider's viewpoint, their charming good-looks, or is it that spokesman like Kevin Madden, Gov. Romney's former spokesguy, have worked on more winning presidential campaigns than Bob Shrum and the same amount as Carville?

Either way, a positive sign that there is life after flacking for a campaign. (Washington Post)

July 22, 2008

Taylor Heads West to Help Run Barrasso's Campaign

Ryan Taylor, currently the Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Senator John Barrasso, is moving to Wyoming to be the Communications Director for Senator Barrasso's campaign beginning August 2.  Congrats Ryan and good luck on the campaign trail. (PF Tipster)

May 21, 2008

Linda Douglass Joins The Obama Campaign

DouglassFirst reported by Marc Ambinder, Linda Douglass, an award-winning television and print journalist who currently serves as a contributing editor to National Journal, will join Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior strategist and as a senior campaign spokesperson on the roadshow, a newly created position. Douglass confirmed her new position to Ambinder when he asked her about it. She informed National Journal President Suzanne Clark this morning of her impending departure. After serving as Justice Department correspondent for CBS News, DougIass moved to ABC News, where she covered Capitol Hill. A few years ago, she met Barack Obama and the two became friendly. Douglass retired from ABC News in 2006 to work on a project at New York University that was looking into how partisanship had paralyzed Congress. She joined the National Journal group as a contributing editor in 2007, writing for the magazine and hosting a weekly radio show on XM Satellite radio. Douglass declined to discuss the terms of her new job or how the offer was broached. An Obama spokesman had no comment. (Atlantic's Ambinder Blog)

May 20, 2008

Arora's Dream Team

Images3Sam Arora, is the new communications director for VoteBoth - a group dedicated to a joint Clinton and Obama ticket. Sam is a former member of Hillary Clinton's campaign press office and also used to work at the DNC.

Sam is also currently a student at Georgetown Law School. (PF Tipster and McClatchy Newspapers).

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