NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton last week named Howard Wolfson as her spokesman for the Senate race she hasn't yet officially entered.
Clinton had been rumored to be leaning toward naming Dick Riley, a former press secretary to former NY mayor Ed Koch, to the post. But when Rep. Nita Lowey dropped out of the Senate race, Wolfson became available.
Wolfson gives a formal voice to a non-campaign that has already made more noise than most official ones. Until his appointment, a series of 'advisors' had been communicating on Clinton's behalf.
According to most pundits, Wolfson is a savvy choice for the role. He was communications director for Sen. Chuck Schumer's successful Senate campaign last year and served as Lowey's press secretary before being elevated to chief of staff. Plus, he is a native New Yorker?very important, given that Clinton's likely opponent in the race, NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, has already begun pegging her as a carpetbagger who knows little about NY.