Governor’s message man jumps ship

mendelsohn.pngAdam Mendelsohn, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, has joined Mercury Public Affairs as managing director in the national firm’s Sacramento office.

According to Mercury’s news release, Associated Press has called Mendelsohn “a key member of the team that helped Schwarzenegger refashion his image,” and Susan Kennedy, the governor’s chief of staff, called Mendelsohn “one of the best communications strategists I’ve ever worked with.”

Before joining the Schwarzenegger administration, Mendelsohn worked in Washington, DC as vice president and media-relations director for the DCI Group, where he advised Fortune 50 clients on media strategy, crisis response, and public affairs.

Mendelsohn joins Mercury partner and fellow Schwarzenegger alumnus Steve Schmidt in the Sacramento office. Schmidt, who ran Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign in 2006, is now a senior advisor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.