NEW YORK: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who faces competition
from Hillary Clinton for the New York Senate election next year, has
lost his communications director.
Cristyne Lategano, who has worked for Giuliani since 1993, has taken an
indefinite leave of absence. She is believed to be about to either join
Texas governor George Bush Jr’s campaign for the Republican presidential
nomination or take a career break.
The departure comes at a critical time for Giuliani, who lost press
secretary Colleen Roche two months ago (PR Week, 9 April). Roche has not
Giuliani has made no secret that he plans to run as the Republican
candidate for the New York Senate seat next year. His likely competition
will come from Clinton, whose competitor for the Democratic nomination,
Nita Lowey, dropped out last week.
- George Bush Jr has chosen Mark McKinnon of lobbying firm Public
Strategies to co-ordinate his media campaign as he prepares to bid for
the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2000. McKinnon has taken
leave of absence from his full-time job to handle the campaign.