WASHINGTON, DC: Ed Gillespie and Jack Quinn, two of the most highly regarded DC-based public policy hotshots, announced plans last week to form their own agency.
WASHINGTON, DC: Ed Gillespie and Jack Quinn, two of the most highly
regarded DC-based public policy hotshots, announced plans last week to
form their own agency.
Gillespie, current president of Policy Impact Communications, and Quinn,
a partner in the public policy practice group of Arnold & Porter, will
open Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QG&A) for business on February 1.
The new firm, Gillespie promised, will not only offer connections with
the Republican-led Congress and Clinton White House, but also a strong
knowledge of the policy-making process and the DC communications and
political environments. Gillespie hopes to employ as many as 15
Given the past experience of the firm’s founders, QG&A could well find
itself besieged by blue-chip clients. Quinn has worked with Cisco
Systems and Daimler-Chrysler, while Gillespie counted the American
Hospital Association among his clients.
Quinn and Gillespie first met as adversaries in the reception room of a
Fox studio before squaring off on a TV program. They first worked
together after departing their posts at the White House (where Quinn was
Al Gore’s chief of staff) and Congress (where Gillespie was
communications director for House Majority leader Dick Armey.