NY Democrats tap press secretary

NEW YORK: The New York State Democratic Committee has tapped Peter Kauffmann as its new press secretary.

NEW YORK: The New York State Democratic Committee has tapped Peter Kauffmann as its new press secretary.

NEW YORK: The New York State Democratic Committee has tapped Peter

Kauffmann as its new press secretary.



Kauffmann, a New York native who starts in his new post today, earned

his stripes by spending the last two years working as a deputy press

secretary for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC.



Kauffmann’s role will likely be a pivotal one. He will oversee

Democratic communications in a state that not only boasts a high-profile

US Senate race in November (Hillary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani), but also

one that is considered a must-win in the upcoming presidential

election.



Kauffmann replaces Matthew Hiltzik, who left to serve as director of

corporate communications for Miramax (PRWeek, Dec. 20).



Last summer, Hiltzik was a constant companion to the first lady on her

New York ’listening tour.’ He also worked on victorious 1998 US Senate

and attorney general campaigns in New York.



One of Kauffmann’s tasks will be to enhance the strong communications

lattice Hiltzik established with party activists and news media upstate

(a key battleground in the upcoming Senate race). While Clinton’s

campaign should be more than amply financed and staffed, the

communications network must put forth a message that inspires strong

Democratic voter turnout.



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