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Another Bush Appointee Defects To Clintonesque Job

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Karen Hughes, former Bush presidential aide, has gone to work for Mark Penn’s public relations firm, as its global vice chairwoman.

Hughes, who was an aide to George W. Bush in the White House and when he was Texas governor, will report to Mark Penn, the Burson-Marsteller worldwide president and chief executive who was chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign.

“Karen is one of the leading communications strategists working today,” Penn said. “She brings enormous strategic insights coupled with the ability to drive successful campaigns at the highest levels of the political, governmental and corporate arenas.”

Hughes was undersecretary of state for public diplomacy in the Bush administration from August to December 2007 and oversaw the State Department’s bureaus of educational and cultural affairs, public affairs and international information programs.

She was counselor to the president in 2001 and 2002, and then returned to Texas but continued serving as an informal adviser and a consultant his 2004 re-election campaign.

What does that make? Five, six sell-outs? What does this say about Bush’s judgements?

I’m heartsick.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

July 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm

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