Lauten sees her role as press secretary in Fincher’s office to be about making the right choices for the district, she said.
Despite having what she describes as a “really good” relationship with reporters, she lamented what she calls a bias toward conservatives in the media.
“No one even tries to hide it anymore,” she said, saying coverage of the Kermit Gosnell abortion case in Pennsylvania showed such a bias. Creating a strategy to engage Fincher’s constituents from the beginning of their day is the first thing on Lauten’s agenda each morning.
“Occasionally there’s that there’s-nothing-to-talk-about-today moment, or there’s no good, safe topics,” she admitted. But most of the time, she says, it’s all action. “If you looked at my Internet browser right now, I have like 40 tabs open across the top, and that’s just how I function. I tend to be high-productivity. I get a lot done.”
And because of her ability to work quickly as a talented multitasker, “I don’t have that typical over-burdened press secretary experience,” she said.
“I feel like I’m playing in a man’s world,” she said, describing the male-dominated world of communications on Capitol Hill. “But I would like to see more women getting higher up the ranks in press.”
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Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.