Riding the Crapo Craze

Posted October 31, 2003 at 2:13pm

Gem State Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) picked up two new staffers and promoted one in his recent office shuffle.

Laura Thurston Goodroe, 34, was bumped up from deputy press secretary to staff writer for Crapo and will now write guest editorials, speeches and statements for the Senator as well as handle some media duties. The Sandpoint, Idaho, native graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. She also holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado.

Crapo’s new legislative assistant for banking, trade and transportation issues is Gregg Richard, 30. Richard honed his legislative skills while working as a legislative assistant for both Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and then-Rep. Jack Metcalf (R-Wash.). The Washington state native graduated in 1995 from The Evergreen State College.

Eric Rasmussen, 25, is Crapo’s new deputy press secretary. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native comes to the Hill from the private sector where he worked for Larsen and Gruber law firm in Salt Lake City as an administrative manager. Rasmussen graduated in 2001 from the University of Utah, where he studied English and business management.

Changing of the Castle Guard. Early last month, Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) made several high-level staff changes in his Washington and Delaware offices.

Mike Quaranta replaced Paul Leonard as the Congressman’s chief of staff. Quaranta, 43, comes to the Hill after 14 years in the private sector.

He previously worked as a legislative assistant for then-Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.) and as a professional staff member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He earned his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University in 1981 and completed his graduate studies in public policy at Georgetown University in 1988.

Elizabeth Wenk returns to Castle’s office from a stint as communications director for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to take on the duties of deputy chief of staff. She previously worked for Castle beginning in 1997 as a campaign manager and press secretary.

Wenk, 27, holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and political science from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.

Castle’s new legislative director is Kate Dickens. She joins the staff after serving as policy director and coordinator for the Tuesday Group, an assembly of House Republican centrists, co-chaired by Castle, who meet to discuss policy.

Dickens, 30, will continue to manage the Tuesday Group as she oversees the Congressman’s legislative staff. She is a graduate of Salisbury State University and holds a master’s degree in international relations from Regents College in London.

Steve Scango, who has been with Castle since February 2001, has been promoted to senior legislative assistant covering issues from the environment and energy to economic development and transportation. Before joining Castle’s office, Scango, 27, worked for then-Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and then-Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci (R). Scango, a native of Chevy Chase, Md., is a 1998 graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The Congressman’s new spinner is Lisa Purzycki, who was moved up from deputy press secretary to press secretary. Purzycki, 26, has been with Castle’s office since May 2001, working as a staff assistant and campaign manager. Purzycki, a native Delawarean who resides in Wilmington, is a 2000 graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a degree in English.