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RNC Adds Press Secretary From 'Team Mitch'

Priebus hired Allison Moore as RNC national press secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee hired the former campaign spokeswoman to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as its national press secretary for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

With the presidential cycle getting underway, Allison Moore, a Kentucky native and longtime McConnell aide both in the political and Senate worlds, will succeed Kirsten Kukowski in the role. In a statement to be released Tuesday, Priebus praised Kukowski as a "talented, non-stop worker" during the two election cycles since he took over as chairman.  

“We’re excited to welcome Allison to the RNC as our new National Press Secretary," he said. "She brings with her a wealth of experience, most recently serving as Press Secretary for Leader McConnell’s successful reelection campaign.  

"Allison will be a great addition to our Communications team, and working with Sean Spicer, I’m confident she will help us take the fight to Democrats throughout this presidential election cycle while effectively communicating the values and priorities Republicans share."  

Moore held a variety of roles in McConnell's Senate office, including in the Republican Communications Center, before transitioning to his successful 2014 re-election campaign operation known as "Team Mitch."  

This is the latest in a series of personnel moves for the RNC. Priebus announced Monday Sean Spicer would add the role of chief strategist to his communications director duties, and last week former RNC finance director Katie Walsh was named chief of staff.  

In a statement, Spicer called Moore a "battle-tested and proven communicator, whose experience on both the campaign trail and Capitol Hill will be an asset to our team."  

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