Former Lott press head begins stint as DOC PA director

WASHINGTON: Ron Bonjean, former press secretary to Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), has resurfaced at the Department of Commerce (DOC), where he takes over today as director of public affairs.

WASHINGTON: Ron Bonjean, former press secretary to Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), has resurfaced at the Department of Commerce (DOC), where he takes over today as director of public affairs.

As department head, Bonjean will lead a staff of about 25 and handle PR duties for Secretary Don Evans. The DOC's mission is to provide an interface between the federal government and private industry.

"Ron's wealth of communications experience will play an integral role in promoting our job creation and economic growth message from Main Street to Wall Street," said Evans in a statement.

Bonjean was left without a job when Lott relinquished his post as Senate majority leader to Bill Frist (R-TN) in December, following remarks he had made that many considered pro-segregation. As press secretary in the majority leader's office, rather than on Lott's staff, Bonjean was replaced by Frist's own choice for the job, Paul Jacobson.

Prior to working with Lott, Bonjean served as director of communications for the Republican House Conference Committee, and in 2000 he led communications efforts for the Bush/Cheney recount team in Florida.

At the DOC, Bonjean replaces Mary Crawford, who left in November for a position with Burson-Marsteller.

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