Dole fills director vacancy

WASHINGTON, DC: Kathleen Harrington has been named the new communications director for Elizabeth Dole, a post that opened when Ari Fleisher abandoned ship a few weeks ago.

WASHINGTON, DC: Kathleen Harrington has been named the new communications director for Elizabeth Dole, a post that opened when Ari Fleisher abandoned ship a few weeks ago.

WASHINGTON, DC: Kathleen Harrington has been named the new

communications director for Elizabeth Dole, a post that opened when Ari

Fleisher abandoned ship a few weeks ago.



Harrington is taking a leave of absence from Aetna’s government

relations office to fill the campaign position. Dole’s third-place

showing in last month’s Iowa straw poll led to speculation of a possible

surge, but she has been relatively quiet since then.



Many political observers have not been impressed by the Dole

message.



’She needs to get more specific and show more substance,’ said Stuart

Rothenberg, publisher of The Rothenberg Report. Referring to Dole’s

penchant to stroll around an audience in the same manner of a famous

talk-show host, he added, ’She needs to be more than the Republicans’

Oprah Winfrey.’



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