Ex-Lewinsky PR advisor Judy Smith enters Levy saga

WASHINGTON: The PR surrounding the case of missing intern Chandra

Levy overshadowed the facts of the story last week, as the players took

center stage. That situation is likely to continue now that former

Monica Lewinsky spokesperson Judy Smith has joined the fray.

Marina Ein, spokeswoman for Rep. Gary Condit (D-CA), was savaged by the

national media for allegedly attempting to smear the missing

24-year-old's character. A little-known veteran of the DC PR scene who

handled a Sizzler restaurant E. coli outbreak last year, Ein was quoted

in a Salon.com article saying that Levy "... has a history of one-night

stands." She denied making the statement.

Nonetheless, the furor was considerable, with The Washington Post

suggesting Ein "obtain some decent PR representation." Thursday's The

O'Reilly Factor and New York Daily News also weighed in.

Meanwhile, The Levy family and its law firm, Dyer, Ellis & Joseph,

signed Smith to a modest contract early in the week, officially adding

her to the team of Porter Novelli execs working on the campaign (PRWeek,

July 16). Smith, a partner at Qorvis Communications who counts Clarence

Thomas, Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh and Lewinsky among

past clients, has been working behind the scenes with Levy family

attorney Billy Martin as a media advisor for several weeks.

Smith was one of several Democratic PR mavens asked to represent Condit

before the job went to Ein. That list included Al Gore alumni Marla

Romash and Kiki McLean, and Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald, according to

the National Journal.

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