INTERNATIONAL NEWS: GOP comms staff in more apt roles

WASHINGTON: When Chris Ullman left his job as spokesman for the

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) late last year, it set off a chain

reaction that resulted in new jobs for several top GOP

communicators.



Trent Duffy took over Ullman's OMB post this month, leaving behind his

job as press secretary for the Republican National Committee (RNC). That

position, one of increasing importance as the party gears up for midterm

elections, has been taken over by Mindy Tucker, exhausted from a

year-long stint as director of public affairs at an unusually busy

Department of Justice (DoJ).



Barbara Comstock, previously head of research at the RNC, has taken over

Tucker's DoJ post.



More than a random shuffling of bodies, the changes are in fact a

strategic realignment of practitioners, leaving each player in a role to

which he or she is considerably better suited.



Duffy brings to the OMB a veteran's perspective on budget battles,

having served time on the press staff of the House Ways and Means

Committee.



And Tucker, a veteran of the campaign trail who served as press

secretary for George W. Bush during his 2000 Presidential bid, joins the

RNC at a time when election savvy is sorely needed.



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