REDWOOD, CA: Former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart has split
with hi-tech firm Oracle after seven months as SVP and advisor to CEO
Lockhart is in talks with former Gore aides, Carter Eskew and Mike
Feldman to launch their own media consultancy.
One of Lockhart's close allies confirmed the talks but added: "This is
not a done deal." Lockhart told PRWeek: "I can confirm I'm leaving," but
added that speculation about a rift with Ellison was "total
The truth is pretty easy. We talked about the job and said it should be
based at Oracle headquarters (in Redwood). I raised that. We discussed
various scenarios to get me go out there, but ultimately I wanted to
stay on the East Coast."
Lockhart joked: "I just wish he'd move his company to Washington."
Even since he joined Oracle, Lockhart had been linked to a part-time job
at Edelman, though he turned it down because of a conflict with Oracle
rival Microsoft, an Edelman client.
Eskew, a former partner at BSMG, has been considering his options since
the presdiential election was settled in December.
While Lockhart wouldn't expand on rumors, he promised that a decision
would be made within weeks.