Backus' departure opens key DNC role

WASHINGTON: A plum position in political PR will go up for grabs

later this month when Jenny Backus leaves her post as press secretary

for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Backus, who has been with the DNC since May 1999, is not going far. Her

new position as director of communications at the Democratic

Congressional Campaign Committee is housed in the same Capitol Hill

building in which she currently works.

According to The Washington Post, Backus is making the move in order to

spend less time on press relations and more time on developing political


The DNC, like its counterpart, the Republican National Committee (RNC),

is widely known for its scathingly partisan communications tactics.

Whoever emerges with the position will be the primary mouthpiece for the

entire Democratic party, as well as the chief detractor of the

Republican party, including President Bush.

According to sources within the DNC's communications office, no

candidates for the role have yet been identified.

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