LOS ANGELES: They have been called the "masters of disaster" based
on their work for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and now political
communications operatives Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane have another
opportunity to put that reputation to a test. Gov. Gray Davis (D-CA) has
hired the duo to help oversee his PR during a trying time.
Already there's a fight. GOP leaders have objected that the duo had done
contract work for Southern California Edison, and that the state's
current efforts to help save the company from financial woes is a
conflict of interest.
Countered Lehane: "If these Republicans really cared, they'd write a
letter to President Bush asking him to stop these out-of-state energy
generators (who are charging California high prices for energy)."
Fabiani, a former Clinton White House aide who dealt with the myriad
legal problems of the president, and his then-deputy, Lehane, worked
together on the Gore campaign.
Asked what the "masters" are up to, Lehane said, "Stay tuned."