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.