WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard SVP and senior partner Jon Haber has taken a leave of absence to help on former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's Presidential bid.
The veteran political strategist accepted an offer January 1 from campaign manager and longtime friend Joe Trippi to join the campaign as a senior advisor. His responsibilities include devising a communications strategy and serving as de facto chief of staff for the candidate.
"This is really a different campaign from anything I've ever seen before," said Haber, who's worked on campaigns for Richard Gephardt (D-MO), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and former President Bill Clinton, among others. "This whole thing started as a grassroots effort, and my job is to help them continue to get out that message that people have the power to change how things are done in this country."
Haber was one of the co-chairs in Fleishman's public affairs practice, a position that will be taken over by SVP Bill Black. He also led the agency's homeland security and business-to-government practices, positions that have yet to be reassigned.