INTERNATIONAL: Gore names Quinn as comms director

WASHINGTON DC: US vice-president Al Gore, who is seeking nomination in the presidential race in 2000, last week named Laura Quinn as his new communications director.

WASHINGTON DC: US vice-president Al Gore, who is seeking nomination

in the presidential race in 2000, last week named Laura Quinn as his new

communications director.



Quinn is currently staff director for the Democratic Technology and

Communications Committee, which helps the party communicate both

internally and to the media.



She replaces Pat Ewing, who has left Gore’s staff to become an adviser

to Joe Andrew, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the body

which represents the Democrats at a national level.



Quinn arrives at a crucial point in Gore’s career: his poll ratings are

low and he is widely regarded as having a stiff image, partly related to

the scandals which have dogged the Clinton administration.



Gore’s continuing performance of official duties is important in

promoting him to key Democratic constituencies and swing voters in the

run-up to 2000.



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