NEW YORK: After a three-month search for a press secretary, former
president Bill Clinton has opted to retain the services of former Al
Gore aide Julia Payne.
Clinton had begun a search after the departure of spokesman Jake
Siewert, who was his final press secretary during the last months of his
Siewert, who handled much of the controversy over the Presidential
pardons, departed in February.
Payne stepped in to handle press duties while the search was
A senior source confirmed that Payne has now struck a deal with Clinton
to become press secretary, although the appointment will not be made
official until Clinton has also appointed a new chief of staff.
Payne was previously deputy press secretary to former vice-president
Mary Ellen Glynn, director of communications for the US Mission to the
UN, was also mooted as a possible candidate.