WASHINGTON: When it came to hiring a director of PA for the
Department of Justice, newly confirmed Attorney General John Ashcroft
turned to the spokesperson who helped him during his difficult
nomination hearings, giving Mindy Tucker the job.
Tucker, 30, will head a department of 17. She will also play a
coordinating role with key PA departments that fall under Justice's
purview, including those for the FBI and the Drug Enforcement
Tucker's initial challenge is to combat the widespread negative reaction
surrounding Ashcroft's appointment, especially in civil rights
'He's an honorable man,' Tucker explained about her boss. She said the
best strategy is to let Ashcroft be himself and demonstrate his
diligence as the nation's top lawyer.
The early line had Tucker heading for the State Department, perhaps the
most demanding communications position after the White House press
secretary job. State even proved challenging to Mike McCurry, who could
claim a much weightier portfolio than Tucker upon his arrival at Foggy
Tucker said she is delighted with her assignment. Ray Sullivan, deputy
press secretary for the Bush campaign and now deputy executive assistant
to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said Tucker is well-organized, which is
essential in running a public affairs operation that addresses issues
ranging from antitrust to global terrorism.