WASHINGTON: President Bush named his 2004 reelection campaign press secretary last week as two of the Democrats hoping to unseat him made news with their own staff announcements.
Terry Holt, currently with public affairs shop The Dutko Group, will take his place between the President and the media starting this fall. The veteran GOP spokesman has decades
of experience on the campaign trail, and has worked on Capitol Hill for Reps. Dick Armey (R-TX), John Boehner (R-OH), and John Kasich (R-OH).
Holt joins longtime Bush-family loyalist Nicolle Devenish, who was appointed communications director in June.
On the Democratic side, one-time Presidential primary front-runner Sen. John Kerry (MA) parted ways with his unofficial communications director, Chris Lehane. The one-time Al Gore spokesman reportedly quit over Kerry's refusal to go on the attack against surging former VT governor Howard Dean.
Kerry aide Kelly Benander, calling Lehane's reasons for leaving "both personal and understandable," said the campaign was "pleased he agreed to stay involved in the [effort] in an advisory role, but sorry that he made the decision not to join in a full-time capacity."
Coincidentally, Lehane's business partner, Mark Fabiani, entered the fray two days
after Lehane left. The former Clinton and Gore communications strategist will serve as
a consultant for the newly declared candidacy of retired-General Wesley Clark.