WASHINGTON: The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has brought aboard a new director of communications in time for the 2002 midterm elections.Ramona Oliver comes from a one-year stint at one of the DGA's sister groups, The Democratic National Committee. There she was communications director for specialty media, and the Democrats' 2001 redistricting project.
The DGA's dual purposes are pushing the policy priorities of Democratic governors and, most important in the coming months, getting Democratic governors elected to office.
Oliver will have her work cut out for her, though. Of 36 gubernatorial races to be decided in November, only 12 have Democratic incumbents.
Though she has no communications staff to work with at the DGA, she does have "all the PR people in the governors' offices, the state parties, and campaigns around the country.
As she puts it, "My team is huge, but my staff is zippo."