Clinton Press Aide Hired by Obama Backer
By Anne E. Kornblut
Let the unity continue: Jamie Smith, who was the traveling press director and a press secretary for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is moving over to become the communications director for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.).
Rockefeller, of course, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama at a vital moment of the campaign, and, although Clinton won his state in the end, feelings on the two sides still run hard.
But Smith is already skilled at smoothing over tense relations, having lived on the road alongside the traveling Clinton press corps for the entire, difficult campaign. A former aide to Sec. of State Madeleine Albright, Smith will fill the slot vacated by Wendy Morigi, who left to become the national security spokeswoman for Obama. "I'm thrilled to bring Jamie on board. She brings with her impressive credentials, invaluable experience, and a strong commitment to serving West Virginia" Rockefeller said in a statement announcing the move.
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