Fox News is losing one of its commentators as U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton builds his presidential campaign staff.
Marie Harf, co-host of the radio show “Benson and Harf” and a political analyst for the network, will leave her primetime post to serve as the Salem Democrat’s deputy campaign manager for policy and communications, the campaign confirmed to Boston.com Thursday.
Harf, one of the channel’s liberal voices, is slated to bring in a foreign policy background to Moulton’s 2020 bid.
Before heading to Fox News in 2017, Harf was the senior adviser for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Prior to that, she served as both deputy and acting spokesperson for the State Department, where she also led the Obama administration’s outreach and communications strategy during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
Harf started her career at the CIA as a Middle East leadership analyst and spokesperson and later served on former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, where she oversaw national security and foreign policy issues.
The Ohio native was also the senior strategic advisor to former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his nomination process, according to a biography provided by Moulton’s campaign.
She started as a Fox News co-host alongside Guy Benson last year.
Harf’s hire comes as Moulton, who kicked off his bid for the presidency last month, is building his national team.
Can confirm! Excited to have another "M" join COMMs on Team @sethmoulton! Also:
– We're on-boarding early state staff & will have announcements about staff in all four early states at the beginning of June
– Seth will be making another multi-state swing at the end of the month https://t.co/zqNWx4i8y6
— Matt Corridoni (@mattcorridoni) May 8, 2019
In an email, Moulton’s national press secretary, Matt Corridoni, said Cathleen Coyle, assistant dean in the Alumni Relations and Resource Development Office at Harvard Kennedy School, will also join the campaign as its national finance director.
Coyle, a Boston College alum, has worked for over 20 years at Harvard, where she currently oversees fundraising efforts for the Kennedy School’s capital campaign, according to her biography.
“We’re excited to add their talents to our team,” Corridoni said of the recent hires.