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The Democratic National Convention announced its press relations team, while the Republican National Convention’s arrangements committee recently welcomed four political operatives to the convention leadership team. At the Democrats’ Charlotte, N.C., convention, Kristie Greco, a veteran of the office of Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (S.C.), will serve as chief communications officer. Alex Glass, who worked for Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) for more than 10 years both on campaigns and Capitol Hill, was named director of press relations.

Joanne Peters, a Capitol Hill veteran, has served as convention press secretary since last July. The deputy press secretaries are Ryan Daniels, Samuel Lau and Jasmine Mora. Lisa Paul is press relations assistant, and Richard Ruffner is assistant to the chief communications officer.

As for Republicans in Tampa, Fla., Todd Cranney, a deputy political director on the Mitt Romney campaign, was named director of delegate outreach. Cranney was western regional political director of Romney’s 2008 campaign and political director on Meg Whitman’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign in California.

Tony Feather, a Missouri-based consultant who was political director on President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, will serve as director of whip operations. Jim Dyke, founder and president at JDA Frontline and veteran of four presidential campaigns, will serve as a senior adviser and support convention communications. And Anne Hathaway, a former Republican National Committee chief of staff, will serve as convention program director.

This and That

There are a few other bits of news in the political industry.

• Val Demings, the former Orlando police chief and a top Democratic recruit, recently added Lisa Carter as communications director. Demings is challenging freshman Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.). According to her online résumé, Carter most recently served as campaign manager of a House race in Indiana.

• The Seattle-based Strategies 360 recently added a 12th office in its ninth Western state. The public affairs firm hired political veteran Bradley Mayer to oversee its newest office in Las Vegas. Mayer oversaw campaigns as well as government and public affairs when he ran the political consulting firm iPolitical, including managing Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s campaign.

• Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg wrote a new book called “It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!” It was published on July 10, according to
Amazon.com. The co-founders of Democracy Corps are also penning an e-newsletter titled “The Carville-Greenberg Memo.”

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