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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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.