Marina Ein quits Condit camp as the media circus begins to quiet

WASHINGTON: Marina Ein has relinquished her high-profile role as

spokeswoman for Rep. Gary Condit (D-CA), passing the bulk of his media

relations work to the congressman's Capitol Hill staff, while continuing

to act as an occasional advisor.



"Basically, there's no longer any need for me to be handling his

day-to-day press calls," Ein told PRWeek. "Even with the major bookers

checking in, we're still only getting three or four calls a day at this

point.



That's an incredible diminution from the 120 we were getting" a few

weeks ago, she said.



Ein denied rumors that her stepping down has anything to do with

friction within the Condit PR team, which includes attorney Abbe Lowell

and, less formally but no less influentially, his family.



She did confirm, however, that Condit will be giving no more interviews

for a while, having completed a much-criticized media blitz during late

August that included a half-hour sit-down with ABC's Connie Chung and

interviews with People, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. "There's no more

reason to continue having these conversations," she said.



Ein was reluctant to discuss the details of the congressman's PR

strategy over the past several months, during which time he was under

pressure to discuss his relationship with missing federal intern Chandra

Levy, and said that to do so would be "unprofessional." However, she

admitted that such disclosures would make fascinating reading. "I deeply

regret (not being able to discuss strategy), as I think it's been a very

interesting summer," she said.



A source familiar with Ein's thinking, however, said she is distressed

by the amount of "Monday-morning quarterbacking" that has surrounded the

congressman's media appearances, much of which has been harshly

critical.



"These people who are commenting have no idea what they're talking

about," said the source.



Ein was hired by Condit in early July of this year. She is president of

Ein Communications, which counts Legal Seafoods restaurants, The New

Republic and the National Journal among its clients.



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