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New voices for East Bay House members

By Josh Richman
Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 8:12 am in Barbara Lee, General, Pete Stark, U.S. House.

Two East Bay members of Congress have had changes in their press staff this week.

pete-stark.jpgBrian Cook took over as Rep. Pete Stark’s spokesman; Cook earlier was speechwriter to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, and also has worked as speechwriter and press aide to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and as press secretary to U.S. Senate candidate Harris Miller, who lost Virginia’s 2006 primary to Jim Webb.

Stark said he’s “delighted” to have Cook come aboard: “We are eager to put his acumen and work ethic to good use.” And Cook said he looks forward to helping Stark “continue the passionate advocacy and sound legislative achievement that has marked his very distinguished career in Congress.”

Cook replaces Yoni Cohen, who left to become the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee‘s western regional press secretary. Surely Cook knows that keeping the oft-salty, always outspoken Stark — whether he’s cursing at Capitol Police, reaming President Bush or just talking smack about legislation he doesn’t like — in line can be a challenge; let’s hope he’s up to it.

lee3.jpgThen, on Thursday, communications director Cleve Mesidor announced she’ll be leaving Rep. Barbara Lee‘s office and taking a job with a different House member; her replacement has not yet been named. Mesidor had just started working for the Oakland Democrat late last year after former Lee spokesman Nathan Britton jumped chambers to become U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer‘s press secretary. No replacement has been named yet.

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