INTERNATIONAL: Giuliani loses comms director in election build-up

NEW YORK: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who faces competition from Hillary Clinton for the New York Senate election next year, has lost his communications director.

NEW YORK: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who faces competition

from Hillary Clinton for the New York Senate election next year, has

lost his communications director.



Cristyne Lategano, who has worked for Giuliani since 1993, has taken an

indefinite leave of absence. She is believed to be about to either join

Texas governor George Bush Jr’s campaign for the Republican presidential

nomination or take a career break.



The departure comes at a critical time for Giuliani, who lost press

secretary Colleen Roche two months ago (PR Week, 9 April). Roche has not

been replaced.



Giuliani has made no secret that he plans to run as the Republican

candidate for the New York Senate seat next year. His likely competition

will come from Clinton, whose competitor for the Democratic nomination,

Nita Lowey, dropped out last week.



- George Bush Jr has chosen Mark McKinnon of lobbying firm Public

Strategies to co-ordinate his media campaign as he prepares to bid for

the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2000. McKinnon has taken

leave of absence from his full-time job to handle the campaign.



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