Too Early to Google

By Judy Sarasohn
Thursday, June 16, 2005

The blogosphere was agog and aghast in recent weeks about news that Dan Senor , former top spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and senior adviser to then-presidential envoy L. Paul Bremer, was joining Google. Hard copy reports that Senor was the new vice president for global communications were confirmed by a Google spokesman.

But it was not to be.

Google spokesman Steve Langdon acknowledged that "we were a little bit early to confirm." The buzz is now that Senor, an analyst for Fox News programs, may be setting up his own shop and talking to Google about providing "strategic advice."

Stay tuned.

Judicial Lobbying

The liberal-leaning Alliance for Justice, one of the most outspoken opponents of President Bush's judicial nominations, is planning today to begin its Hispanic Judicial Advocacy Project "to engage the Hispanic community in the fight for a fair and independent judiciary."

"Hopefully, it will speak out on the judiciary at the Supreme Court level and the lower courts," said Nan Aron , alliance president. "We saw with the Estrada nomination how important the voice of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was." She was referring to the caucus opposition to conservative lawyer Miguel A. Estrada, who was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit but dropped out two years ago after being blocked by Democrats.

Ann Marie Tallman , president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the project members want to educate the public about the "long lasting and far reaching" impact that the judiciary has on people's lives.

"This is not a lobbying exercise. This is about making sure the electorate is informed," she said in an interview. " . . . As an informed electorate, we should be able to weigh in with our opinions."

Republicans Added to Shop

Clark & Weinstock has brought on a couple of Republicans this week: Erik J. Hotmire from the White House communications shop and Julie Hershey Carr , legislative director for Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.). Jim Dyer , former clerk and staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, came to the firm earlier this year.

Vin Weber , managing partner of the D.C. office and a former Republican House member from Minnesota, said the firm isn't done hiring and hinted that there might be a Democrat to come.

Hotmire was a special assistant to President Bush and communications director for the White House office of USA Freedom Corps and helped lead the U.S. response to the tsunami in December. Hotmire also has a Senate background, earlier working as communications director for Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and as deputy press secretary for then-Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.).

Weber said Carr "has got just an excellent reputation and contacts in Congress," particularly with conservative Republicans and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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