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The Huggies brand has chosen Ogilvy & Mather as its digital AOR after a competitive review. Ogilvy has previously handled shopper marketing, direct marketing, and advertising for the brand.

BBDO New York, Edelman, and FoodMinds have been hired by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to work on a 12-month, $50-million campaign to educate consumers about Nutrition Keys labeling system. According to PRWeek, Edelman’s D.C. office will work on awareness and audience engagement, BBDO specializes in paid media, and FoodMinds has expertise in reaching the “nutrition influencer community.”

The town of Lenox, MA has chosen Bodden Partners, an integrated marketing agency, and its PR division, Hamilton PR for a marketing (social media, website creation) and events campaign to drive tourism. The Berkshires town is home to Tanglewood and Edith Wharton’s home The Mount (lovely!) among other sites and attractions.

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Governor Paterson Loses Another Top Comm. Official

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After being named in one of several New York Times bombshells about Governor David Paterson, press secretary Marissa Shorenstein resigned today. She was named directly as an active participant in an effort to cover up domestic abuse allegations involving the Governor’s closest adviser David Johnson. Luckily for her, her call to the victim didn’t go through. Shorenstein told the Observer’s PolitickerNY blog on March 2nd that she hired a lawyer as a result.

Shorenstein was one of the last communications officials still with the Governor. Tracy Sefl left in January before the series of stories hit, and director of communications Peter Kauffman left on March 4th.

Morgan Hook, a former TV reporter, was quickly upgraded from upstate press secretary to director of communications upon her departure.

Here’s Shorenstein’s full statement:

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Comm. Director to New York Governor David Paterson Resigns

Peter Kauffmann, Director of Communications for New York Governor David Paterson has resigned, Politico reports.

“Unfortunately, as recent developments have come to light, I cannot in good conscience continue in my current position,” Kauffman said in a statement.

Via the Daily News:

This comes on the heels of yesterday’s ethics charge against the governor in which it became clear that Paterson had not been truthful with Kauffmann about the circumstances surrounding the World Series game for which he obtained tickets from the New York Yankees.

Paterson’s top strategist and spokesperson Tracy Sefl resigned on January 22nd.

RELATED: Gov. Paterson Press Secretary Named in Latest Times Bombshell

Gov. Paterson Press Secretary Named in Latest Times Bombshell

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Governor David Paterson‘s press secretary Marissa Shorenstein is one of two people named in the latest of a series of New York Times stories about allegations of abuse levied at top aide David Johnson, who has since been suspended indefinitely without pay.

Shorenstein, according to the story, tried and failed to reach Johnson’s ex-girlfriend to get her to describe an altercation with him as non-violent, just a day before the bombshell landed about the Governor’s longtime friend and driver-turned-adviser.

The unnamed source was kind though, keeping daggers pointed at the boss and not the messenger, stating the call was to “reconfirm what the governor had said before, that it was not an acrimonious — it was not a friendly breakup but it wasn’t acrimonious, that the allegation itself was not true.”

RELATED: Governor Paterson Ends Bid for Full Term

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Governor Paterson Ends Bid for Full Term

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At 3:17 p.m. today, New York Governor David Paterson ended his bid for a full term at a press conference, and addressed the media swarm that has surrounded him for weeks. “I have never abused my office. Not now, not ever,” he said.

“After three weeks, all rumors were dispelled in the end,” Paterson said, in reference to the media cycle precipitated by rumors of a huge New York Times scoop. We know now that it was his closest adviser David Johnson — who did work in a communications and policy capacity — that was the source of the biggest problems.

All the major news networks carried the presser live, except for NBC which was showing the USA vs. Finland hockey game. For more on that, turn to TVNewser shortly.

RELATED: No Damage Control Possible for Paterson in Third Times Bombshell

Sources Conflict on Gov. Paterson Crisis Strategy

Times Scoop on David Paterson Reveals PR Struggle

No Damage Control Possible for Paterson in Third Times Bombshell

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The third New York Times bombshell on Governor David Paterson dropped today, confirming what we learned from sources two weeks ago. Paterson’s relationship with close adviser David Johnson has destroyed his image and his future in politics. The piece confirmed with Johnson’s ex-girlfriend that a beating occurred and that the Governor’s office hoped to cover it up.

Unlike the first story about Johnson which was actually well handled by the Paterson camp, or what’s left of it, this one left the embattled Governor with no damage control cards to play except to say that it was Johnson’s girlfriend who initiated the phone call to him, not the other way around. According to the story, she got the call just before she was scheduled for a court appearance that would’ve filed a protective order against Johnson. She failed to appear and the case was dismissed.

The story also shows that Paterson knew the exact nature of the bombshell when he met with the paper’s editorial board on February 8th, all while crying foul on accusations in the tabloids of marital affairs and influence peddling.

The other move left was for his office to issue a statement late last night, asking the Attorney General to open an investigation, and to suspend David Johnson without pay. The AG is of course, ironically, his challenger for re-election Andrew Cuomo.

One of our sources close to the “horrible” situation tells us Paterson won’t resign until he has another job lined up.

RELATED: Sources Conflict on Gov. Paterson Crisis Strategy

Times Scoop on David Paterson Reveals PR Struggle

Former Paterson Strategist Joins Kathleen Rice’s Run for New York AG

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Less than a month after leaving her post at Governor David Paterson‘s office, Tracy Sefl joins Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice as a strategist in her bid to replace Andrew Cuomo as New York Attorney General. At least four Democratic candidates are expected to run for that office.

In the press release, Rice said of Sefl, “I trust Tracy’s political judgment, her integrity, her passion for progressive politics and her ability to effectively communicate with the public and with members of the media.”

Sefl was part of Paterson’s communications team for just under a year. As PRNewser noted last week, the Governor seems to rely more on his inner circle of advisers including David Johnson, the subject of the “bombshell” New York Times story that was expected to force a resignation.

Sources Conflict on Gov. Paterson Crisis Strategy

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According to a source familiar with New York Governor David Paterson‘s administration, there is no communications strategy, and he relies too much on his own flawed judgment — and that of his personal advisers David Johnson and Clemmie Harris — over his professional communications staff (see The New York Observer for more on Johnson and Harris).

As the media and voters await the supposed bombshell profile in The New York Times that is said to force the resignation of embattled Governor, his communications staff is hitting back against allegations of extramarital affairs and influence peddling, or at least it appears there’s a coordinated effort.

However, a source with inside knowledge of the administration tells PRNewser all is lost at this point, and that there is no coordinated damage control effort:

“His comm ‘strategy’ is mainly a product of himself. He disregards his staff and listens to outside friends (and those 2 close advisors’) voices, but mostly he listens to the one that’s loudest in his head: his own. His senior staff think he is nailing his own coffin and are embarrassed by these latest bizarre interviews.

The Times story is still running. At this point, many feel it doesn’t even matter what’s in it. He is cooked.

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Fleishman Hillard and Former Pataki Comm. Director Working With Indian Tribe on Gov’t Recognition

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The 1,066 member strong Shinnecock Indian Nation, who reside in Long Island near Southampton, are very close to formal government recognition, after fighting for the recognition over the past 30 years.

The Shinnecock’s want federal recognition in part so they can open a casino somewhere in Long Island or in the New York metro area. They’ve enlisted PR help in their battle. The New York Times reports:

…the tribe hired Michael McKeon, Gov. George E. Pataki‘s former communications director, and Alan Wheat, a former Missouri congressman, as well as Fleishman-Hillard, a Washington public relations firm.

Current New York Governor David Paterson supports the initiative.

Grading Obama: Five Down, One to Go

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President Barack Obama‘s five Sunday morning talk show interviews aired yesterday (after being filmed back to back from the White House Roosevelt Room on Friday). That leaves Obama with one major interview left in his latest media blitz: tonight the President will appear on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

So, how did he do? The TimesAlessandra Stanley called the round of interviews a, “remarkable – and remarkably overt – display of media management.”

“He’s turning the presidency into an infomercial,” former White House speechwriter Matt Latimer told the New York Post.

The White House stood by their strategy. “In an increasingly fragmented audience that gets information from a number of different sources, putting a huge amount of his time behind one medium increases our ability to really break through and get a message out. The effect of one interview, given how rapidly the news environment moves, doesn’t last as long as it used to,” White House communications director Anita Dunn told the Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz.

Mediaite’s Steve Krakauer reviewed each interview and said that CNN’s John King came out on top. “…many of the foreign policy questions gave the CNN audience a perspective not seen in the other three,” he said.

As is usual with any high profile interview, network PR teams rushed out transcripts with highlighted sound bites as early as Friday afternoon, hoping their respective interview would get the largest share of coverage.

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