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A Few Notable Staff Moves

Here at The Fix we try to bring you all of the ins and out of the political game -- including the revolving door of staff coming and going from campaigns and candidates.

We would never presume to offer a comprehensive list, but here are several noteworthy moves from the past week:

* Stephanie Cutter has left Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's office to start her own consulting company -- Cutter Media Group. Cutter spent the last year as a senior adviser to Reid and Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, but is best known for her service as communications director for the general election portion of John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid.

Asked why she is striking out on her own, Cutter said "it was time for a change and I want to do more to help elect Democrats in 2006." Her new firm, which has Reid and Kennedy as clients, will provide "strategic advice and counsel on message and political and communication and strategies," according to Cutter.

* Pete Jeffries is leaving the private sector to serve as senior counsel to the gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa). In that position, Jeffries will be charged with "strategic planning, policy development and external outreach," according to a document detailing the position. Jeffries spent eight year on Capitol Hill as communications director for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.), leaving last year to take a position as head of Hill & Knowlton's public policy practice in Washington, D.C. Jeffries is no stranger to the Hawkeye state, having attended the University of Iowa during his collegiate years. He is planning to move back to the state for the campaign. By doing so, Jeffries significantly boosts his value to 2008 GOP presidential candidates looking for an experienced communicator who also knows the ins and out of Iowa.

* After leaving the Senate campaign of Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) in high-profile fashion last month, Leonardo Alcivar has landed in Pennsylvania to serve as communications director for former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann (R), who is challenging Gov. Ed Rendell (D) this fall. Alcivar had previously served as the spokesman for the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City and as a spokesman for then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 5:18 PM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2006 3:59 AM | Report abuse

google is the good search engine.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2006 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I don't know her as a person, but if I was her I wouldn't put any of those campaigns on my resume.

Posted by: B | March 20, 2006 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Q. Dems might be wise to not hire her.

Posted by: Frank | March 19, 2006 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Or the fringe side of the Dem party will elect another candidate that won't carry the South/Midwest, banking on winning elections via NE and West city voters -- who don't show up to vote.

Voting time in smaller towns is a community activity, if they're not at the polls, they're sitting around the porches and markets talking about it. So they vote at higher % than larger cities. This is why the South/Midwest get Republicans in office and keep them there.

Until the Dems understand this, they'll keep electing tainted meat, and the smell drives the majority away in droves.

Even Rove couldn't have concocted a better scheme: just let the Dems themselves sink their election chances.


Posted by: SandyK | March 19, 2006 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Stephanie Cutter was that awful person who did a really bad job running the Kerry communications department. After that WHY WOULD ANYONE HIRE HER? This is the problem with the Democrats. Lose a campaign, no big deal, we'll just give you more responsibility in a future one. Just look at Bob Shrum. It's no accident that his candidates never win a presidential election. But don't worry, he'll be back in 2008, quite possibly with John Kerry.

Posted by: Q | March 18, 2006 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing these politicos just don't retire. They move off to make more money.

No wonder why Washington is just a corporate market. :(


Posted by: SandyK | March 18, 2006 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Going from Michael Steele's campaign to Lynn Swann's? Wow. This guy Leonardo really like working for loser campaigns huh?

Posted by: Ohio guy | March 17, 2006 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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