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Camino VP Named Communications Director for Mayor de Blasio


Today the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named Andrea Hagelgans, VP of strategic comms and media at New York/Washington-based firm Camino Public Relations, as its Director of Cabinet Communications. In April, de Blasio announced plans to “retool” his communications team.

A bit of backstory: BerlinRosen Public Affairs received a large share of the credit for handling de Blasio’s campaign (which won one of the most lopsided victories in recent memory). But de Blasio’s office has struggled to find a new comms director after campaign manager and former Obama for America director Lis Smith resigned on inauguration day amid tabloid coverage of her relationship with former attorney general and would-be comptroller Eliot Spitzer.

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Mayor de Blasio Loses His Comms Director on Inauguration Day

He needs someone to help him answer this question

Now who’s going to help him answer this question?

In a story we missed over the holiday, The New York Post let the world know the single most important thing about Lis Smith, official spokesperson for new mayor Bill de Blasio‘s campaign and transition team: she’s dating Eliot Spitzer! (And yes, they went with the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” headline. Pure class.)

Given the fact that we don’t know anyone involved in this story, we probably shouldn’t assume that gossip had anything to do with Smith’s decision not to serve in the new administration. But we’ll go ahead and make that assumption anyway.

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Syfy’s Sharknado: The Perfect Storm on All PR Fronts

This week the Syfy Channel aired its much-hyped, campy B-rate movie Sharknado, which triggered a social media feeding frenzy that included 318,000 tweets on Twitter (for a laugh check out #sharknado).

As PR professionals we’re intrigued by anything that garners the public’s interest on this level. The obvious appeal of Sharknado is the creative genius behind the idea of combining one of the most feared creatures on earth with one of its most devastating natural disasters. It’s stoner level brilliance mixed with meteorological whim and a touch of Jacques Cousteau. The concept is simply hilarious.

It’s been a rough several years for the public. The deep recession, two costly wars, political infighting, international upheaval, strained race relations, and a general WTF? vibe have taken a toll on the American public. We’re tired of being serious. We’re worn out. We need a break. As all PR experts know, timing in this industry is everything, and the timing for Sharknado could not have been better. Flying sharks attacking Los Angeles as Tara Reid and Ian Ziering defend the human race?

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Scandal Is A Bad Thing Right? So How Are Politicians Able To Come Back So Often These Days?

Eliot Spitzer, who seemed silenced by a prostitution scandal and the end of shows on both CNN and Current TV, is barking again. This time he’s talking about a run for New York City Comptroller, a far cry from his days as governor of New York State, but still. He’s asking people to cast their vote of confidence in someone who had to give up office in shame and disgrace.

Of course, he first has to get 3,750 signatures by Thursday just to get on the ballot. “The public is forgiving. Whether that forgiveness extends to me is a separate question. I will ask for it. I will say to the public: Look what I’ve done in the intervening five years. Look what my record was as attorney general and governor,” he said during one of many interviews he gave today (five before noon, by the New York Daily News’ count). Despite some heckling, some say the campaign launch has been a successful one.

No doubt, he’s taking cues from Mark Sanford, who won a Congressional seat in South Carolina earlier this year after getting caught leaving his post to spend time with his then-mistress in Argentina. And, closer to home, he could be looking to Anthony Weiner, who’s now leading the pack of mayoral candidates in New York City alongside Christine Quinn. The Daily Beast also calls out President Bill Clinton, who overcame more scandal than a group of people have in a lifetime and maintains incredible popularity among Democrats into his post-presidency.

So how is it possible that politicians can thwart scandal with relative ease? Are the suits made out of Teflon? Are they wearing Wonder Woman Bracelets of Victory underneath those cuff-linked Brooks Brothers shirts? Do they have one of those crazy gizmos that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones use in the Men in Black movies to make people forget everything? We’re going to propose that politicians have the benefit of distance and low expectations.

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Anthony Weiner Promises to Keep It in His Pants This Time

Oh my. Disgraced former Representative Anthony “I did not send pictures of my crotch to those women” Weiner has wormed his way into the headlines again this week with talk of a comeback, a return to the public spotlight or a “political rebranding”, if you will. In case you forgot or didn’t pay attention in the first place (lucky you), we have Weiner to thank for some of the best/worst puns in recent memory:

The big reveal is a TL;DR profile in this coming weekend’s New York Times magazine in which Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin review the painful details of the fallout and his plans for a new beginning in which he will rise from the ashes like a triumphant phoenix in boxer-briefs. It seems that Weiner entertains fantasies of running for mayor of New York City next year along with everyone else who lives in the greater metropolitan area.

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Dish Network Wants Glenn Beck to Punch Eliot Spitzer

Dish Network has gone all out in an effort to promote its new offerings to American cable cutters—and to distract the public from the ongoing PR problems stemming from its controversial “Auto-hop” commercial skipping technology and its and its decision to drop AMC.

Today in New York, Dish held a “news conference” that involved former New York governor/TV host Eliot Spitzer, pundit Glenn Beck and legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer–and turned out to be a bizarre fake “fight” between the two TV personalities. Why did this happen? Because Spitzer hosts a show on Current TV, a channel carried by Dish–and the provider recently announced that it has given Beck a chance to turn his website, The Blaze, into an entire channel filled with original content (we assume there will be chalkboards).

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@ESpitzer Probably Not the Real Spitzer

Late Friday afternoon news just broke that Keith Olbermann got fired again, this time from Current TV. Olbermann will be replaced by Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York and CNN host. However, Eliot Spitzer is probably not the person tweeting from the @ESpitzer handle referenced in Current’s press release announcement about this switch. There have been no new tweets on that account since 2010 and it includes posts such as, “Just kidding. Please help me gain followers.”

Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer will debut tonight at 8p.m. ET. And Keith Olbermann is firing back with this statement (also available in parts on Twitter) promising legal action. Stay tuned to TVNewser for updates on this story.

Update: TVNewser’s Alex Weprin has confirmation on the mix up.

Revolving Door: ‘In the Arena,’ ‘News of the World,’ ‘WaPo,’ and More

Two big media names have gotten the ax.

Eliot Spitzer‘s comeback vehicle In The Arena was cancelled. CNN’s evening schedule has already been reworked and Spitzer said his final good-byes last night.

And today we have bombshell news that Sunday’s issue of News of the World will be the paper’s last. The British outlet, which has been publishing for 168 years and is currently owned by News Corp., has succumbed to the pressures of an ongoing investigation into allegations that the paper is tied a phone hacking scandal involving a 13-year-old murdered girl and families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Guardian has the complete statement, which was delivered by James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, Rupert’s son, and the person next in line for News Corp. leadership.

Also news today that kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart is joining ABC News, working on stories involving missing persons.

Click through for more of this week’s media changes.

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Romney Leads, Yet No One Pays Him Any Attention

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In case you missed it amid all the Weiner talk, Mitt Romney is running for president. Aren’t we excited?

Actually, it turns out that Public Policy Polling puts Sarah Palin and Romney in a tie for first place among the GOP contenders. Politico also reports that Romney leads in some of the “early battleground states” like New Hampshire.

Still, Palin seems to find a way to steal his thunder.

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Media Beat: Kelly Cutrone Calls New York Media Scene “Boring”

New York Fashion Week is almost upon us, but you wouldn’t know it from the media’s fixation on Kelly Cutrone‘s decision to bring Eliot Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupre to a client’s runway show…in 2009.

“That was a year ago. That’s how boring New York is,” says Cutrone in our latest Media Beat interview. “That’s how boring and uninteresting everybody else in New York City is, that there is nothing else to talk about.”

Never one to mince words, the People’s Revolution founder also gives us her plans for this year’s event and weighs in on the latest ethical concern rocking the PR world: is it wrong to offer bloggers a finding fee for client referrals?

PART 1: Kelly Cutrone on Being Part of a ‘Real’ Reality Show

PART 3: Kelly Cutrone Says Those Entering Fashion PR ‘Have To Be Willing To Pay Their Dues’

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