WASHINGTON: The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain has hired Tucker Eskew, a founding partner of communications consulting firm ViaNovo and former aide to President George W. Bush, as a strategist for running mate Gov. Sarah Palin.
Eskew took a leave of absence from ViaNovo on September 1, said a second agency founding partner Blaine Bull, who added that the firm is not involved in the McCain-Palin campaign.
Eskew, who helped to prepare Palin's September 3 address to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, was not immediately available for comment, but Bull said Eskew will assist her on a range of issues.
“[Eskew has] a great deal of experience in foreign affairs…and was involved in a number of policy issues,” he said. “So he is as much a policy advisor as a message advisor. He can really run the gamut in working to help her.”
The McCain-Palin communications office did not return calls seeking comment.
Eskew is one of four founding partners of ViaNovoI, which was created in May 2005 after the merger of four firms: the StratCom Group, Dowd Strategic Consulting, The Eskew Strategy Group, and CIMA Strategies.