WASHINGTON DC: US vice-president Al Gore, who is seeking nomination
in the presidential race in 2000, last week named Laura Quinn as his new
Quinn is currently staff director for the Democratic Technology and
Communications Committee, which helps the party communicate both
internally and to the media.
She replaces Pat Ewing, who has left Gore’s staff to become an adviser
to Joe Andrew, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the body
which represents the Democrats at a national level.
Quinn arrives at a crucial point in Gore’s career: his poll ratings are
low and he is widely regarded as having a stiff image, partly related to
the scandals which have dogged the Clinton administration.
Gore’s continuing performance of official duties is important in
promoting him to key Democratic constituencies and swing voters in the
run-up to 2000.