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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