WASHINGTON: Mike McCurry is 'very close' to making a decision on his future, PRWeek can reveal - and the tip-top favorite is Public Strategies, a public affairs company, headquartered in Austin.
Bill Clinton's former press secretary, who left the White House in July, has had 'wonderful conversations with several agencies,' including heavyweights Edelman and Shandwick, where part-time consultancy work was on offer at a reputed $250,000-a-year.
But it's understood that McCurry will become a partner in Public Strategies, heading up a Washington office. 'I've got a pretty good idea what I'm going to do, but there's some late-breaking stuff I need to ponder,' McCurry told PRWeek. 'We're talking with Mike,' said Jack Martin, chairman at Public Strategies. 'It would be inappropriate to discuss announcements yet, but I'm hopeful.'
McCurry came from a PR background before moving to the White House, but favors a new approach. 'I see a blend of management consultancy, strategic thinking and PR. Over and over, we see different parts of a company communicating different bits of a message. My vision is a synthesis.'
Since leaving the White House, he has focused on a public speaking tour.
But he is also hoping he can use it to attract clients to his vision.
'If I can achieve that, I will have arrived at the Promised Land.'.