Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry has assumed a senior advisory role in the Kerry-Edwards campaign, according to the Associated Press.
The AP cited two unnamed senior Kerry aides who offered different explanations for McCurry's role. One said he joined to keep Kerry's comments on message and another said his role would be to make sure the traveling press corps understands that message.
The Kerry-Edwards campaign first announced McCurry's participation when he joined its debate negotiation team last week. That team, led by lawyer Vernon Jordan, also includes Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, businessman Jim Johnson, and lawyer Robert Barnett.
McCurry was President Bill Clinton's press secretary from 1995 to 1998. He also served as spokesman for the Department of State from 1993 to 1995 and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 1990. McCurry is currently a principal at Public Strategies Washington and is chairman of Grassroots Enterprise, an issue-advocacy software provider.
McCurry's hiring follows a recent spate of additions, including Joe Lockhart, a partner at the Glover Park Group and former chief spokesman for the Clinton administration, joining as a senior advisor; and Joel Johnson, co-founder and managing director of The Harbour Group, a PR and crisis communications firm, being named as director of rapid response.