Wilkinson returns to White House in new job under Rice

WASHINGTON: Jim Wilkinson, the well-traveled utility man for the Bush administration's PR team, is returning to the White House.

WASHINGTON: Jim Wilkinson, the well-traveled utility man for the Bush administration's PR team, is returning to the White House.

Wilkinson will craft long-term messaging strategy for the National Security Council in the role of deputy national security advisor for communications. He will report to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and White House communications director Dan Bartlett.

Most recently, Wilkinson served as communications director for the 2004 Republican Convention, which will take place in New York this August. Prior to that Wilkinson ran communications strategy for General Tommy Franks at US Central Command in Qatar.

Wilkinson has also served as the White House deputy director of communications and spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's transition team. Anna Perez, who has left the administration, previously held Wilkinson's current position.

RNC communications director Jim Dyke said no replacement for Wilkinson at the GOP convention has yet been named.

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