Lockhart surveys interest from PR firms

NEW YORK: White House press secretary Joe Lockhart was in New York on Friday, May 19 entertaining potential job offers from PR agencies, according to three PRWeek sources. But the firms who are said to have met with him - Edelman, Burson-Marsteller and The MWW Group - refuse to confirm or deny that the meetings took place.

NEW YORK: White House press secretary Joe Lockhart was in New York on Friday, May 19 entertaining potential job offers from PR agencies, according to three PRWeek sources. But the firms who are said to have met with him - Edelman, Burson-Marsteller and The MWW Group - refuse to confirm or deny that the meetings took place.

NEW YORK: White House press secretary Joe Lockhart was in New York

on Friday, May 19 entertaining potential job offers from PR agencies,

according to three PRWeek sources. But the firms who are said to have

met with him - Edelman, Burson-Marsteller and The MWW Group - refuse to

confirm or deny that the meetings took place.



Lockhart is clearly a coveted property; his status allowed him to ask

the agencies to meet with him at a NY law firm, rather than in their own

lairs.



Edelman or Burson seems a more likely destination for Lockhart than

MWW.



He is said to be friendly with Edelman vice chairman and DC general

manager Leslie Dach, who took a leave of absence last year to help the

White House and the National Security Council develop communications

strategy during the Kosovo military operation. And a pair of Lockhart’s

deputy press secretaries, Barry Toiv and Amy Weiss (who has since left

to work at the Recording Industry Association of America) landed in

Burson’s DC office over the past year.



A top agency source told PRWeek: ’It would be premature to comment at

this stage as he is committed to his job, but we have a great deal of

respect for Joe, and we are interested in his future. But he will

receive many job offers, and not just from PR agencies.’



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