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Hillary Hires a New Flack

Reaching back to the staff list of her husband's White House, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has picked Lorraine Voles to be her new communications director.

Voles, who will start in January, served as Vice President Al Gore's communications director before joining the public relations firm Porter Novelli in 1997.  She did some press work for America Coming Together during the 2004 cycle as well.

Voles replaces Lorrie McHugh-Wytkind, who has held the job since June. (The Fix stands corrected. McHugh-Wytkind has been in the job since February 2005.)

"Senator Clinton is so thankful to Lorrie McHugh for extending her stay with us through this year, and is looking forward to Lorraine Voles joining us in the new year," said spokesman Philippe Reines.

McHugh wrote in an e-mail she was "thrilled" that Voles was joining the staff, noting that her own departure was centered on her desire to spend more time with her family.

Voles is expected to help out with Clinton's reelection bid next year and it seems likely she is signing on for the much-talked-about-but-never-confirmed 2008 presidential bid as well.

Add Voles to the HRC inner circle that currently includes Howard Wolfson, Patti Solis Doyle, Maggie Williams, Tamera Luzzato, Neera Tanden, Karen Persichilli Keough, Ann Lewis, Harold Ickes, Mandy Grunwald and Mark Penn.

(I wrote a story for Roll Call on HRC's closest advisers about a year ago. It's a subscription-only site, but if you have access here's the link.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2005; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Good site

Posted by: Dublin Flats | March 22, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Gigi Georges, Wolfson's partner, part of that HRC inner circle?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2005 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Rudolph Giuliani, the pathetic is a staunch pro-abortion advocate. How is he going to run for the Republican nod. Also, before 9/11 he was on the verge of being run out of office. He became a so called hero by going to funerals and playing the photo op game for those no nothings in the red states. If he does give it a shot, then he will have to explain why he allowd an incindiary storage tank to be place in one of the WTC buildings. Interesting ain't it. He has no chance.

Posted by: Full Metal Jacket | December 7, 2005 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Harve: an awful lot of Christians must have voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. I mean, they both got well over 18% of the vote (49% for Gore, 48% for Kerry). Christianty doesn't have a god-damned thing to do with why Democrats have been out of the White House since 2001. Republicans are not the party of Christianity. There isn't one, and that's a good thing.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | December 7, 2005 11:52 AM | Report abuse

And, Russ Feingold and Jon Corzine both voted AGAINST the war and are possible 2008 presidential candidates. Geez, check your facts.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | December 7, 2005 11:47 AM | Report abuse

db, You'd have to be pretty ignorant not to see that Hillary motivates the right-wing base far more effectively than any other Democrat.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | December 7, 2005 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat,an average American, raised on a diary farm, worked in a factory 34 years, now retired.
I'm ashamed of my party. I as well as most Americans am getting sick and tired of the way our politians act, both Democrats and Republicans alike.
With (depending on the poles) 82 percent of Americans being Christians of some degree, the Democrats have alienated themselves from the mid American voters by embracing some of the issues that are unpopular with Christian beliefs. It doesn't matter what some may think, it's a fact.

The Republican party is in power right now because of the Christian vote. (But).....
Christians are beginning to see that some in the Republican party are using them only to get into power. (then they go back to their old ways until the next election)
I'm seeing a lot of resentment toward the Republican party these days. (feelings of betrayal might be a better way of putting it)
If the Democratic party wasn't so afraid of using the word Christian, they could take this country back in the next election, but if they continue to fear the small groups whose vote they might lose, they will never get back in power.
I personally know a lot of Democrats who are Christians, but they don't vote for Democrats because they believe the Democrat party is anti-Christian. The liberal causes have cost the Democrats a lot more votes than they have gained over the last several years.
It seems we are too blind to see this.

So to Mrs. Clinton, if you want to win the White House. In my opinion if you chose that young Illinois Senator, I think his name is Barack Obamba (I may have spelled it wrong) as your vice President, you could move back in the White house with a landslide.

If you would work on lowering the drug cost for the American people. (Do it and not just talk)

Doctors need some relief on the high cost of malpractic insurance, this high cost being brought on by law suits from lawyers and people with a lottery mentality.

This country will not continue to stand, unless the politians from the local level to the National level come together and work for the good of the people and the country, instead of their own greed and special interest groups.

We cannot be the police force of the world. Our present govermental policies have caused Americans to be hated all over the world today. The American citizens haven't done anything to cause this. Who did? Our meddling foreign policy makers. Now this has been going on for several years. We can't blame all of this on the present administration. G.W. inherited this policy as well as Bill clinton also inherited it. This has been going on for years.

The free trade agreements have caused a big segment of manufactoring jobs to move out of this country. When enough of them are gone, who will pay the taxes? How will the government be able to keep paying out money with none coming back in.

The countries who won't allow out products in, lets keep theirs out. Let's play tit for tat. If we don't, you can see where this country is headed.
America needs help.

People running off their mouth about the war "in a public forum" only cause more Americans to be killed. The enemy reads the paper and watches the news also. This encourages them to fight harder. (Again, this is a fact, like it or not) Let's try to keep our dirty laundry in the basement, not on the cloths lines of the world press.

I believe Democrats and Republicans can work together, if they would only try.

Posted by: Harve | December 7, 2005 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Chris - Is there a way for you to make your Roll Call story available to the public? It sounds intriguing.

Posted by: Johnny On The Spot | December 6, 2005 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I totally disagree with Sandwich Man.. HRC starts with 45-50% of ALL popular votes. White males need to look past her gender, and accept a time is coming for a woman president. Exactly what has Hillary done to turn off Democratic voters?

Her support for the war vote. Well count all but 22 Senators in that category. Of the potential dems in 2008, Biden, Bayh, Edwards, Kerry, Lieberman,as voting the same as Clinton as well as being in the same camp as developing a strategy for withdrawl. Only Edwards has said he made a mistake with his vote, however, he is not advocating an immediate withdrawl. You also have Iowa's Governor and Mark Warner as having stated he does not believe in Murtha's immediate withdrawl (although Murtha didnt actually say immediate he said pull out to the perimeter and be ready to move in if necessary).

Who in the Dem party has a different position. Only Howard Dean and Dean is NOT running in 2008.

So putting HRC down due to her war stance is a little lame given the number of high profile dems who hold the same position.

Now if you had said she is too liberal because of work on health care etc., you may be onto something.

Regardless of your personal feelings, I really think that a true Liberal can not win in 2008, the country is too conservative as the population has aged. The only way a Dem can win in 2008 is for the Left and the Dem Centrist folks to come to agreement on issues. From there, let the best candidate run on what the demo party stands for. SO far, we have candidates but no stated agenda.

I truly believe is the dems followed Bill Clintons script, they can win the presidency as well as at least one chamber, possibly the House. The agenda that I think would work is similar to Mark Warner's agenda in Virginia.

Focus on issues that matter to the American public. Stake out a true position on transportation for urban areas including ways to fund it such as a excess tax on Oil company profits who fail to invest in altnerative fuels or roll back the Bush taxes on wealthier AMericans. Remember when crime was a hot issue, Clinton put forth successfully the 100,000 new cops on the streets.

On Education, fund No Child Left Behind but call it something else so everyone will know the GOP effort failed due to lack of funding. Role back the Medicaid plan that is costly and not popular with Americans at any level. Promise 100B to fund Katrina reconstruction. Let everyone know this is coming from the defense department as we are pulling out of our occupation of foreign countries. On values issues that GOP like to push, change the subject to say Americans rights have been diminished and remind voters of Bushes and Congresses Terry Schiavo intervention. Avoid abortion, guns, and immigration debate, let the GOP drive this issue to their detriment. Instead focus on American's rights are being trampled by the GOP with the current Patriot Act, Terry Schiavo, conservative judges, etc. Again, always turn the subject back to the fact the GOP has trampled on the rights of the average Americans. They have transferred the tax burden to the middle and lower folks from the wealthy. They abandoned the poorest Americans with their response to Katrina, and they have sent our troops into a war under false pretenses. After putting an agenda together, I would state we will return to the Clinton days of fiscal responsibility by reinstating a pay as you go approach to goverment while devising a way to return to budget surpluses (note when speaking of GOP call it their budget defecits, when speaking of Clinton, talk about the budget surpluses.

And last but not least, I would pound away at the culture of corruption of the GOP. Think of OHIO, a centrist message of fiscal responsibility combined with painting the GOP with a culture of corruption will win that state for Dems.

That said, the Dems need to find the best communicator to deliver this message. Again, set the message at a national level and pound away at it at local, sate and national levels.

Don't get me wrong, I dont think HRC can win, but not because of her war vote, rather, I dont think she can communicate with the American public. I have the same concern with Bayh. Warner may be the best of the bunch when it comes to connecting with voters. I just dont want to see another stiff DEM that can not speak to the AMerican public...something Gore and Kerry could not do.

As a sidenote, Feingold may be too too liberal in 2008 to deliver what I think needs to be a centrist, pragmatic, right to privacy message. Otherwise, he would be my candidate of choice.

Posted by: DB | December 6, 2005 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I can give you some blue states she'd lose or have a hard time holding onto: WI, MN, IA, NH, MI, and PA. Maybe Maine. NJ on the offchance Giuliani wins the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton: a sure way for Democrats to win 190 electoral votes!

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | December 6, 2005 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone figured out which red state Hillary's going to win in 2008? Let me know when you do.

Posted by: Mark | December 6, 2005 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Lorraine Voles knows Iowa - she was an aide to Senator Harkin. Draw whatever conclusions you'd like from that.

Posted by: PBS | December 6, 2005 6:21 PM | Report abuse


Isn't this kind of a step-down for Hillary? It seems to me after a quick google search that Voles doesn't seem to be the sort of heavyweight world beater that one might expect hillary to bring in as her chief public relations manager.Yeah, she worked in the white house but she wasn't really noteworthy and wasn't really around during some of the more memorable periods where the Clinton press operation won its stripes.

Why would Wytkind leave big deal consultancy Glover Park in June to work for Hillary and then turn around and leave Hillary so soon? What's the backstory here? Was she fired? Did she quit?

Posted by: gee_man | December 6, 2005 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is nothing but a fake DINO - we are tired of this crowd. Time to pull the plug on these despicable pro war Dems. If she is soo gung ho then let her convince Chelsea to sign up. She and Bill can then move to Israel and pick up arms to defend that country as they keep harping on.

Posted by: Bob | December 6, 2005 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Bill involved and, if so, to what degree?

Posted by: Mike 234 | December 6, 2005 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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