White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving his job to become a political consultant. Gibbs, a close friend to President Barack Obama for years, will help with Obamas 2012 re-election campaign.
All PACed Up at the NRSC
Lauren Griffin was promoted to PAC director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee this cycle. Griffin served as deputy PAC director for the NRSC in the 2010 cycle and is one of many top operatives staying for a second cycle — keeping the staff’s core in place.
Prior to serving at the NRSC, Griffin was an associate at Dutko Worldwide, specializing in telecom and technology issues. Griffin is a native Texan and University of Texas graduate.
From the Trail to the Hill
Three political communications operatives are now working for Senators on Capitol Hill, including two that are up for re-election in 2012. Amber Marchand, who served as press secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2010 election cycle, is now the communications director for Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who was elected in November.
Emily Bittner, who served as communications director at the Democratic Governors Association last cycle, is serving the same role for West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin, a former DGA chairman, won a special election in November to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s term and is up for a full term in 2012.
And Allison Jaslow, a former communications director for the Virginia Democratic Party and an adviser to former Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen last cycle, was named press secretary for Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who has not yet announced whether he will run for a second term.
NRCC Position Shifts
Joanna Burgos, the Western regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2010 cycle, was promoted to deputy communications director. Burgos takes over for Paul Lindsay, who stepped up to communications director.
Also shifting roles is Geoff Embler, who served as a communications adviser last cycle. He’s now director of strategic initiatives. Politico first reported these two moves.
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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.