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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Sean Spicer chosen as RNC communications director

By Chris Cillizza

Sean Spicer will be named communications director at the Republican National Committee, according to two informed sources, the latest senior staff addition under new chairman Reince Priebus.

Spicer has a deep resume in Republican politics. He spent three years as the spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office in the latter half of the Bush presidency and prior to that was the communications director for the House Republican Conference. Spicer also spent the 2000 election cycle as the director of incumbent retention at the National Republican Congressional Committee. Spicer is currently a partner at Endeavor Global Strategies.

His hire comes in the wake of Jeff Larson, another longtime Republican operative, being chosen by Priebus to serve as RNC chief of staff.

Priebus is seeking to overhaul a committee that under former chairman Michael Steele ran up more than $20 million in debt. Former Republican Governors Association executive director Nick Ayers and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie have been overseeing the Priebus transition.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 24, 2011; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Republican Party  
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