Clinton brings search for press secretary to a conclusion as hekeeps Gore's Payne

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

on board.

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.

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