Biden names Bedingfield comms director amid 2016 talk

MPAA comms leader Kate Bedingfield has joined the vice president's office as communications director as speculation builds that he will mount a third bid for the White House.

WASHINGTON: Vice President Joe Biden has brought on Kate Bedingfield as his communications director, effective Monday, as speculation swirls that he is leaning towards joining the 2016 field.

She has succeeded Shailagh Murray, who was named senior adviser to President Barack Obama, in the position.

Bedingfield was most recently VP of corporate communications at the Motion Picture Association of America, holding the top communications position at the organization. Previously, she was associate communications director at the White House, deputy director of media affairs, and director of response.

Bedingfield was also the communications director for Jeanne Shaheen for Senate in 2008. She also served as a spokeswoman for former Sen. John Edwards’ 2008 run for the White House.

The appointment took place on Monday as speculation is increasing that Biden will make a third run for the White House. On Monday morning, The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden is leaning towards another run as long as he can put together a competitive campaign. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers have slipped in recent weeks as her campaign deals with the stream of stories about her use of a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

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