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Steele's New Spokesman

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) has hired a former Capitol Hill press secretary to serve as the new spokesman for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Doug Heye, who has been serving as U.S. Senator Richard Burr's communications director, will "play a leading role in communicating my positive vision for the state and promoting my agenda of empowerment and opportunity for every Marylander," Steele said in a prepared statement.

Steele replaced both his campaign manager and spokesman in recent weeks, after what sources said was an internal dispute between Steele loyalists from Maryland and professional campaign advisors from Washington.

Democrats immediately knocked the choice of Heye, circulating a 2005 news article from the Modesto Bee that placed Heye in lobbyist Jack Abramoff's luxury skybox for three World Wrestling Federation events in 2000. Abramoff is the once-powerful Washington lobbyist whose downfall has propelled a far-reaching congressional corruption investigation.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 31, 2006; 6:32 AM ET
 
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Steele's choice of an Abramoff flunky shows, once again, that he is out of touch with the values of Marylanders.

Posted by: Progressive | March 31, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"An Abrmoff flunky?" Whatever. The guy attended three events in a skybox owned by Abramoff. Nowhere is there any evidence that he knew Abramoff, did anything for Abramoff, or that Abramoff was even in the skybox when he was there. Democrats must be getting pretty desperate if this is the best they can come up with.

Posted by: MK | March 31, 2006 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This certainly isn't "the best" reason to vote for someone other than Steele, but it's another in the long list.

Posted by: Progressive | March 31, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Doug Heye was one of the "GOP Brown Shirts" that invaded the Miami Dade Election Supervisors offices. At the time he was working for Cong. Pombo, that enemy to the environment and also involved in the Abramoff scandal.

http://www.bushwatch.com/bushdec1.htm

"When outraged Republicans raised a ruckus outside the Miami-Dade County elections office last week, some protesters at the door weren't local citizens. They were Capitol Hill aides on all-expenses paid trips, courtesy of the Bush campaign. Right up front on television images of the event last Wednesday were Thomas Pyle, an aide to GOP Rep. Tom DeLay, and Michael Murphy, who works for a DeLay fund-raising committee. Doug Heye from California Rep. Richard Pombo's office also was in the fray....Behind the rowdy rallies in South Florida this past weekend was a well-organized effort by Republican operatives to entice supporters to South Florida....The biggest contingent appears to have hailed from within the marbled walls of the Capitol complex in Washington....

Posted by: Fight GOP Dirty Tricks | April 3, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Heye mentioned in the WSJ re: Gore v Bush

"When outraged Republicans raised a ruckus outside the Miami-Dade County elections office last week, some protesters at the door weren't local citizens. They were Capitol Hill aides on all- expenses paid trips, courtesy of the Bush campaign. Right up front on television images of the event last Wednesday were Thomas Pyle, an aide to GOP Rep. Tom DeLay, and Michael Murphy, who works for a DeLay fund-raising committee. Doug Heye from California Rep. Richard Pombo's office also was in the fray....Behind the rowdy rallies in South Florida this past weekend was a well-organized effort by Republican operatives to entice supporters to South Florida....The biggest contingent appears to have hailed from within the marbled walls of the Capitol complex in Washington.... --WSJ, 11/27/00

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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