AUSTIN: The political rhetoric may not yet be as hot as the Austin weather, but would-be President George W. Bush turned up the burner last week by adding two of his father’s former spokesmen to his campaign.
AUSTIN: The political rhetoric may not yet be as hot as the Austin
weather, but would-be President George W. Bush turned up the burner last
week by adding two of his father’s former spokesmen to his campaign.
Ray Sullivan, a three-year veteran of W’s gubernatorial staff, and
Tucker Eskew, a former Reagan/Bush campaign operative, will primarily
work out of the governor’s Austin campaign HQ. However, Sullivan said
the pair may occasionally help out on the road.
Sullivan arrives from Texas lieutenant governor Rick Perry’s office,
where he served as communications director. A spokesman for Perry since
the lieutenant governor’s successful 1998 campaign, Sullivan previously
served in W’s gubernatorial press office and worked as deputy press
secretary for the 1992 Bush/Quayle campaign. His official title in
Dubya’s campaign is deputy communications director.
Eskew joins the Bush campaign as regional press director and senior
communications director, a post in which he will supervise
soon-to-be-hired regional press coordinators. He previously worked as an
assistant press secretary during the Reagan/Bush 1984 re-election
campaign and served South Carolina governor Carroll Campbell for eight
His three-person firm, the Columbia, SC-based Eskew Communications
Group, will go dormant during the campaign.
’Ray and Tucker bring a great deal of experience to the campaign and
will play an important role in communicating Bush’s message,’ said
communications director Karen Hughes.