An unusual personnel announcement?

November 6, 2013
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Announcements of new  hirings and promotions are  pro forma affairs. The boss always says the new person is ever-so-wonderful; the new hire is duly honored to have the prestigious post.

An announcement Tuesday that Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) had promoted  his talented legislative aide, Sean Joyce, to be his new communications director followed standard template: Shuster called the promotion  “a no-brainer” and Joyce  talked of how honored he was to continue working for Shuster.

But wait a minute! The news release says that if you’ve any questions about this you should contact, yes, communications director Sean Joyce. Now that’s really odd, someone writing a news release about his own hiring.

As it turns out, Joyce explained, the announcement was written last week by Shuster’s chief of staff and press aide, but since Joyce took over the job Monday, it fell to him to put out the release.

Well, he probably couldn’t have written it better himself.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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