The “super PAC” supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing on a full-time communications director as it enters a new phase in its efforts to try to define the Republican presidential primary field.
Justin Barasky, currently the communications director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will take that same title with Priorities USA, officials with the group said. Mr. Barasky was recruited by Guy Cecil, the group’s recently appointed chief strategist, who has made a string of new hires after a long period of tumult within the super PAC. The two worked together on the Senate campaign committee.
Mr. Barasky will be part of overall messaging and dealing with the media as the group pushes ahead. Peter Kauffmann, a former aide to Mrs. Clinton who has handled media inquiries for the last two years, will remain on as a consultant.
“My three years at the D.S.C.C. have been incredibly rewarding and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to position Democrats to win the majority in 2016,” said Mr. Barasky. “It won’t be easy leaving behind so many talented colleagues and friends, but I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Priorities USA as we work to elect Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States.”
Anne Caprara, the executive director of Priorities USA who also worked at the Senate campaign committee, said the new hire had “proven himself to be one of the most talented communicators in our party and has been at the forefront of a number of successful campaigns across the country. I’m thrilled that he’s joining our team at Priorities and we’re excited about the work he’s going to do to hold Republicans accountable and elect Hillary Clinton.”
The group recently released a digital ad that used Donald Trump‘s statements about immigration and faulted Jeb Bush and Scott Walker for their own comments.
Tom Lopach, who took over as the executive director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after Mr. Cecil left, said the group was grateful to Mr. Barasky and “we wish him every success in his new role.”