Bush likely to add press pro to team

WASHINGTON, DC: As his presidential campaign quietly prepares for the home stretch, George W. Bush is looking to beef up his press operation.

WASHINGTON, DC: As his presidential campaign quietly prepares for the home stretch, George W. Bush is looking to beef up his press operation.

WASHINGTON, DC: As his presidential campaign quietly prepares for

the home stretch, George W. Bush is looking to beef up his press

operation.



Current top Bush voice Karen Hughes is expected to continue traveling

with the candidate and advising him on strategy, but it is likely that

an experienced press spokesperson will be needed in order to sate the

news media’s demands.



’It’s a natural expansion,’ said another Bush aide, who described the

position as being of mid-level rank.



Hughes’ tenure as spokesperson for a national campaign has, to date,

received mixed reviews. Some journalists consider her to be too

closed-mouth. ’The national press likes someone who’ll kick back after

hours and have a drink and even admit their boss’ shortcomings,’ said

one journalist.



However, Chicago Tribune political editor Michael Tackett credits Hughes

with having been ’a very good defender of Governor Bush. She’s clearly

very loyal.’ And former Republican National Committee communications

director Ed Gillespie said Hughes has what matters most: the confidence

of her boss. ’It’s refreshing to see a communications person in the

inner-inner circle,’ he said.



David Beckwith, formerly VP Dan Quayle’s spokesperson, had originally

been a key member of Bush’s communications squad. However, his more open

style did not mesh well with the image-conscious Bush.



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