ViaNovo's Eskew selected as strategist for Palin

WASHINGTON: The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain has hired Tucker Eskew, a founding partner of communications consulting firm ViaNovo and former aide to President George W. Bush, as a strategist for running mate Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON: The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain has hired Tucker Eskew, a founding partner of communications consulting firm ViaNovo and former aide to President George W. Bush, as a strategist for running mate Gov. Sarah Palin.

Eskew took a leave of absence from ViaNovo on September 1, said a second agency founding partner Blaine Bull, who added that the firm is not involved in the McCain-Palin campaign.

Eskew, who helped to prepare Palin's September 3 address to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, was not immediately available for comment, but Bull said Eskew will assist her on a range of issues.

“[Eskew has] a great deal of experience in foreign affairs…and was involved in a number of policy issues,” he said. “So he is as much a policy advisor as a message advisor. He can really run the gamut in working to help her.”

His bio includes time spent as deputy assistant to the President and representative to the British government for communications strategy during the war in Afghanistan.

The McCain-Palin communications office did not return calls seeking comment.

Eskew is one of four founding partners of ViaNovoI, which was created in May 2005 after the merger of four firms: the StratCom Group, Dowd Strategic Consulting, The Eskew Strategy Group, and CIMA Strategies.

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