Who's who in GOP communications directors

The communications director on a campaign plays many different roles, including often as campaign spokesman and the defender of their candidate in media. Here's a review of who's who.

The communications director on a presidential campaign plays many different roles, including often as campaign spokesman, media relations strategist, and often defender of their candidate in media. Here's a review of who's who on the GOP side.

Gail Gitcho decamped from Massachusetts' Sen. Scott Brown's team in April to join former Massachusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign as communications director. She also worked on Romney's 2008 campaign.

Rick Perry elected his communications director from among his inner circle in Texas. Ray Sullivan is not only his communications director for the campaign but also his chief of staff.

Hogan Gidley serves as a frequent spokesman for the Rick Santorum campaign and is sometimes referred to as the national communications director though he works for Virginia firm Brabender Cox. Matt Beynon is the deputy communications director for the campaign, and Virginia Davis is a senior communications adviser. Davis was named campaign spokeswoman in June, but Gidley seems to do more of the talking lately.

Let's not forget the RNC either. Sean Spicer took over as the Republican National Committee's communications director in February. The communications director for the Republican National Convention in Florida (August 27, 2012, for those booking travel plans) will be James Davis, who also had a role in the 2008 GOP convention. He is also a Brunswick Group alum.

There are a few newcomers, too.

Mattheau LeDuc becomes Newt Gingrich's New Hampshire communications director after departing Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign. Alice Stewart carries on as the Bachmann campaign's spokeswoman even as others defect around her and the Tea Party urges the candidate to give up.

Robert Brockhaus, formerly of the Heritage Foundation, is now Herman Cain's assistant VP of communications. Cain's lead communications director Ellen Carmichael left the campaign earlier this month. More on that communications team from Foreign Policy here.

And if you're looking to get into the race on the other side of things, MoveOn.org is hiring a communications director.

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