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Strange Bedfellows for International Affairs

Griffin said that he's also setting up a new business that will advise companies, nonprofits and government organizations on management issues and how to best operate in a political environment.

In Other Shop Moves

Steve Cannon, far outside the Beltway -- actually, Richmond -- for about the last decade as general counsel of Circuit City, has returned to open the D.C. office of the newly renamed New York law firm Constantine Cannon. Cannon earlier served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's antitrust division during the Reagan administration.

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More Special Interests

Karen A. Johnson, formerly assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs at the Department of Education, is joining Valente & Associates, a government affairs shop today.

Paul Moorehead, previously GOP chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has signed with Gardner Carton & Douglas.

Former House member Chris John (D-La.) lost his bid last year for the Senate, but instead of returning to the family trucking business in Lafayette, he has joined Arent Fox as a senior government relations adviser.

James E. Datri, formerly executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, has signed with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner.

Timothy D. Sparapani, previously a lawyer at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, this week joined the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union as legislative counsel on privacy issues.

The Hatcher Group has hired Angie Cannon, a former senior writer at U.S. News and World Report, and Laura Hayes-Heur, former communications director for the Senate Finance Committee.

Christopher R. Parandian, chief lobbyist for Alltel, is joining Capitol Solutions on Monday. He was finance director for Republican Nevada Sen. John Ensign's 2000 Senate campaign and served as campaign coordinator for Republican Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s successful 1998 campaign for the House.

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