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White House Communications Staffer Finds New Job at MSNBC

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 02:59 PM

Another desk is emptying in the Obama White House, with the announcement that associate communications director Rachel Racusen will be leaving to join MSNBC as head of communications and "lead spokesperson."

Racusen was deputy communications director for Obama's re-election campaign, spokesperson for the House Education and Workforce Committee, and director of public affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before joining the White House last year, Media Bistro reports.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement: "I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic, and passionate about our brand."

She will have her work cut out for her. The liberal network's fortunes and all-important ratings have suffered right along with those of Democrats, USA Today columnist Michael Wolff said, calling it an "Obama-centric network."

Noting that the network showed a 22 percent drop in ratings from the last midterms among the crucial 24-54 age group and its subsequent scramble to re-brand itself, Wolff said: "It built its future around a vivid and dramatic hero [Obama] who, unfortunately, turned out to be both opaque and conflict-averse.

"MSNBC now has a lineup of ever-righteous and often sulky defenders of President Barack Obama, who seem, not just to conservatives but to many liberals, too, bizarrely tone deaf and lost in time."

Boston native Racusen made The Hill's "Most Beautiful People" in Washington list, and told The Hill, "Good — and bad — TV is a huge vice for me because it's sort of another nice escape.

"The really bad habit that I have is I'll work until 10 or 11 o'clock at night and then to unwind at that hour, I'll say that I'm only going to watch 20 minutes of like the next episode of 'Orange is the New Black.' But I'm going to stay up until midnight watching it."

During her stint at the White House, Racusen worked on Obama's State of the Union Address, the Ebola crisis, the rollout of Obamacare, and the White House Working Families summit, Media Bistro reported.

Media Bistro noted  that MSNBC was looking for someone with ties to the administration to fill the job.

She will be replacing Lauren Skowronski on Dec. 8, who is moving to vice president of corporate communications for NBCUniversal, Politico reports.

Others who may be leaving the White House include Obama's senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, national security adviser Ben Rhodes, and communications director Jennifer Palmieri, Politico has reported.

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