NEW YORK: After a three-month search for a press secretary, former
president Bill Clinton has opted to keep former Al Gore aide Julia Payne
Clinton had started a search following the departure of spokesman Jake
Siewert, who was Clinton's final press secretary during the last months
of his presidency. Siewert, who handled much of the controversy over the
Presidential pardons, departed in February (PRWeek, February 10).
Payne stepped in to handle press duties while the search was
A senior source confirmed that Payne has now struck a deal with Clinton
to become press secretary, though the appointment won't be made official
until Clinton has also appointed a new chief of staff.
Payne was previously deputy press secretary to former vice president Al
Mary Ellen Glynn, director of communications for the US Mission to the
UN, was also mooted as a possible candidate.