H&K GM on verge of White House job

WASHINGTON: Victoria Clarke, Hill & Knowlton general manager, is on the brink of being snapped up by the Department of Defense to be its assistant secretary for public affairs.

WASHINGTON: Victoria Clarke, Hill & Knowlton general manager, is on the brink of being snapped up by the Department of Defense to be its assistant secretary for public affairs.

WASHINGTON: Victoria Clarke, Hill & Knowlton general manager, is on the brink of being snapped up by the Department of Defense to be its assistant secretary for public affairs.

As of press time, Clarke would neither confirm nor deny rumors surrounding her imminent departure. However, she addressed the speculation in an internal H&K memo which read, in part: 'Over 20 years in Washington, DC have taught me that only God can make trees and only presidents can make appointments.

Any news, therefore, will come from the White House and not me.'

The Department of Defense was equally tight-lipped. A spokesman said: 'Whether (secretary of defense Donald) Rumsfeld has made his decision or not is not the issue. At some point the White House will announce that it has another batch of political appointments, and that is when we will all find out.'

The Washington Post further fueled the rumors by reporting on Friday, March 2 that Rumsfeld had settled on Clarke as his choice for the position.

Before H&K, Clarke served as an aide to John McCain, the spokesperson for George Bush's failed 1992 presidential campaign and a spokesperson for former US trade rep Carla Hills.



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