Woodhouse to DNC (Again)
Brad Woodhouse, the head of Americans United for Change, is leaving that post to take over as communications and research director at the Democratic National Committee, according to high level Democratic source familiar with the move.
Woodhouse served a stint in the communications shop of the DNC during the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama but returned to Americans United, a liberal outside interest group, after the election.
Woodhouse has close ties to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with whom he worked in the office of Rep. Bobby Etheridge (N.C.) during the 1990s. He also worked hand and hand with White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina during the 2005 fight against former President George W. Bush's plan to reform the Social Security system.
Woodhouse's hiring comes days after the new DNC -- led by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine -- announced Clyde Williams as the political director of the organization. Jen O'Malley Dillon, the new executive director at the DNC, has been conducting a top to bottom review of the DNC's operations in recent weeks. Unlike in past cycles at the DNC, the communications and research shops will be merged with Woodhouse overseeing both departments.
Karen Finney, who handled communications at the DNC for the last four years is starting her own consulting company with a mixture of politics both in the United States and with progressive parties abroad.
Earlier this month the Republican National Committee laid off nearly its entire staff in a mass house-cleaning mandated by newly elected chairman Michael Steele.
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