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Of course, Republicans aren’t the only ones who have tapped savvy K Streeters for top positions on the Hill. After the 2006 elections put Democrats in control of Congress, Rep. John Dingell (Mich.) hired former DaimlerChrysler lobbyist Dennis Fitzgibbons as staff director of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) made former AT&T lobbyist Sean Kennedy her chief of staff, while Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) selected ex-Ricchetti Inc. lobbyist Jay Heimbach as his top aide.
More recently, when Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) was appointed in January 2009, he hired Quinn Gillespie & Associates lobbyist Jeff Connaughton to run his office.
Brendan Daly, communications director for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), will join Ogilvy Washington as executive vice president and national director for public affairs.
Daly, who has been with Pelosi since she became the Democratic Whip nine years ago, will start his new job next month and will “work with clients to help them manage their reputations inside the Beltway and beyond,” the firm’s news release stated.
In a statement, Pelosi said, “Brendan has been an essential part of my team for nearly a decade, and his leadership, hard work and dedication have been essential to the progress we have made on behalf of the American people.”
Bennett Roth contributed to this report.
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