Gillespie and Quinn create policy shop

WASHINGTON, DC: Ed Gillespie and Jack Quinn, two of the most highly regarded DC-based public policy hotshots, announced plans last week to form their own agency.

WASHINGTON, DC: Ed Gillespie and Jack Quinn, two of the most highly regarded DC-based public policy hotshots, announced plans last week to form their own agency.

WASHINGTON, DC: Ed Gillespie and Jack Quinn, two of the most highly

regarded DC-based public policy hotshots, announced plans last week to

form their own agency.



Gillespie, current president of Policy Impact Communications, and Quinn,

a partner in the public policy practice group of Arnold & Porter, will

open Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QG&A) for business on February 1.



The new firm, Gillespie promised, will not only offer connections with

the Republican-led Congress and Clinton White House, but also a strong

knowledge of the policy-making process and the DC communications and

political environments. Gillespie hopes to employ as many as 15

pros.



Given the past experience of the firm’s founders, QG&A could well find

itself besieged by blue-chip clients. Quinn has worked with Cisco

Systems and Daimler-Chrysler, while Gillespie counted the American

Hospital Association among his clients.



Quinn and Gillespie first met as adversaries in the reception room of a

Fox studio before squaring off on a TV program. They first worked

together after departing their posts at the White House (where Quinn was

Al Gore’s chief of staff) and Congress (where Gillespie was

communications director for House Majority leader Dick Armey.



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