WASHINGTON, DC: Faced with the task of defending a slim five-seat majority in Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has poached Jim Wilkinson, a top GOP voice, to serve as its communications director.
WASHINGTON, DC: Faced with the task of defending a slim five-seat
majority in Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee
(NRCC) has poached Jim Wilkinson, a top GOP voice, to serve as its
Wilkinson arrives at the NRCC fresh off a stint as press secretary for
House Majority Leader Richard Armey. He had also overseen Armey’s
national political operations during campaigns in 1996 and 1998.
Among Wilkinson’s other recent accomplishments is managing a ’war room’
of more than 30 GOP press secretaries during last year’s budget battles.
The group met daily to ensure that the House GOP was ’on message.’
Most analysts currently spot the Democrats an edge in this year’s House
races. But the NRCC thinks that given the current healthy economic
climate, an effective selling point may be asking the country whether
they can afford to take a risk by handing control of the House back to
’In a year like this, when we’re dead even, there’s always someone who
says, ’Oh my gosh. This happened. We’re finished,’’ Wilkinson said.
’There has to be somebody who is always upbeat, and it’s going to be
Wilkinson emphasized that one of his missions is to be a ’consensus
builder.’ Last year, House Republicans were beset by reports of
divisions within the leadership ranks. Wilkinson, however, disputes the
veracity of these rumors, noting the close cooperation that occurred
during the budget battle.
Wilkinson succeeds Ed Blakely, who served as interim director throughout
most of last year. A VP at the political consulting/PR firm of Smith &
Harroff, Blakely served as communications director during the 1983-84