WASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown’s communications director is leaving to join Mitt Romney’s emerging presidential campaign, the former Massachusetts governor announced this morning.
Gail Gitcho, who joined Brown just as he took office in February 2010, was previously a regional press secretary during Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. She later was the mid-Atlantic communications director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and then served as national press secretary for the Republican National Committee.
Gitcho is leaving Brown’s staff at a crucial time, as he prepares to run for reelection in Massachusetts in a race that will draw national attention. She also joins Romney at a crucial time, as he prepares for a second presidential run.
It also highlights the overlap between the advisers for Brown and Romney – two candidates whose political careers and personas are very different but who are advised by many of the same people. Both Massachusetts Republicans will continue consult a trio that has steered campaigns for both before – Eric Fehrnstrom, Peter Flaherty, and Beth Myers.
Globe colleague Glen Johnson wrote three weeks ago about the political tightrope the candidates – and staffs – will have to walk as the campaigns get underway.
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