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Govenor Paterson Strategist & Spokesperson Resigns

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Top strategist and spokesperson for New York Governor David Paterson Tracy Sefl resigned today, citing business reasons. She took the position eleven months ago, in a complete shakeup of the embattled Governor’s inner circle. Sefl is a veteran Democratic strategist who has worked on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, as advisor to Terry McAuliffe during his time at the DNC, and as the rapid response person for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004.

According to a statement to select members of the media this morning:

“I wanted to share with you that effective today I will no longer be serving as an advisor to Governor Paterson’s campaign. It has been a privilege to work for the Governor over the past year. My decision is a business one and I remain supportive and admiring of him and his agenda for the state. I wish him and his team–both at the campaign and inside the Executive Chamber–much success.”

Sefl is currently senior vice president at Navigators Global, a government relations and strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C.

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