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Hilary Rosen Decides To Stay Home on Sunday Morning

Hilary Rosen, the now familiar SKDKnickerbocker exec who kicked up a hailstorm of crap when she made a comment about Ann Romney never working in her life, has cancelled her scheduled appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday. In a tweet, she writes, “I’m going to be a mom who stays home.” At least she has a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Late yesterday, Rosen apologized (mostly) for her comments, but with Dems backing away from the comment, you got the sense that Rosen would have to do more to make amends. The GOP, sensing an opportunity, seized on the comment. See the Colbert clip below for evidence. But with a day to think it over, a few folks on the left are coming around to Rosen’s POV.

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Hilary Rosen Apologizes for Romney Comment

Only this morning, SKDKnickerbocker MD and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen was sticking to her guns, telling everyone that the uproar over her comments about Ann Romney having “never worked a day in her life” deflected attention from important women’s issues.

But this afternoon, after a day of constant backlash that came from both Democrats and Republicans (including a tweet on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter feed), she issued an apology.

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen,” the statement reads. “As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me…I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended.”

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Despite Hilary Rosen Comment, Mitt Romney Still Has Issues With Women

Mitt Romney is taking his campaign to the general election, and he’s bringing his wife with him.

Ann Romney was the target of a rhetorical punch thrown by Hilary Rosen on CNN last night. Rosen, an MD at D.C. strategic comms firm SKDKnickerbocker and a “Democratic operative,” said that Mitt Romney shouldn’t use his wife as a “guide” to the economic issues women face because Ann Romney “has never worked a day in her life.” Many are saying that the comment is off-base because Ann Romney is a cancer survivor, suffers from MS, and raised five sons. Moreover, critics say it’s offensive to stay-at-home moms who work hard to raise their children.

Both Rosen and Ann Romney were on TV this morning to discuss the issue further, Rosen has written a column in response, and both women are trending on Twitter. Democrats, trying hard to maintain the edge with women voters, are also coming out against the comment. For example, Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted about his disappointment over the comment. Ann Romney even joined Twitter so she could respond.

Mitt Romney has caught a break. But it’s likely a temporary one.

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Hilary Rosen Joins SKDKnickerbocker


Hilary Rosen, one of Washington D.C.’s best known communications strategists, is leaving her post as managing director at Brunswick Group to join SKDKnickerbocker in the same role.

“SKDKnickerbocker is thrilled to welcome one of the best strategists in the country as we further develop our public affairs practice – offering clients consistent hands-on engagement from the best practioners like Hilary, combined with full service public affairs capabilities,” said Josh Isay, managing director of SKDKnickerbocker in a statement.

From the release:

The announcement follows the return of Principal Anita Dunn, who had recently been on leave from the company to serve as President Obama’s Communications Director. Rosen will join one of the most experienced teams of high-level strategists in the country led by Bill Knapp, Dunn, Chris Cooper, Jay Marlin, Jim Mulhall, Karen Olick and Alex Slater in Washington DC; Isay, Jennifer Cunningham and Stefan Friedman in New York.

At Brunswick, Rosen had been working on the BP account, among others. Rosen previously served as th chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, and has also held the roles of political director and editor-at-large for The Huffington Post and on-air political contributor for CNN. She joined Brunswick group in November 2008.

Report: Here is Why BP is Working With Brunswick Group

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BP has engaged with a number of agencies to provide communications counsel in the wake of the oil spill that continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast.

One of the firms, Brunswick Group, is known more for their connections in the UK then they are in the U.S. And while some publications have reported Brunswick managing director Hilary Rosen — who has worked with the Recording Industry Association of America and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — is leading the BP efforts, others have noted that agency partner Michele Davis [pictured] is leading the account.


A reader sent in this article on the Brunswick and BP engagement from the German magazine Manager:

…since the start of the oil spill a team headed by Washington-based partner Michele Davis has been handling crisis communication, in the Gulf of Mexico region but primarily in Washington. “That is where you both win and lose the races,” says a PR manager.

The report also notes that the ties between Brunswick and BP run deep:

British public relations man Alan Parker, 54, founder of the PR agency Brunswick, used to assist Tony Hayward‘s predecessor Lord Browne, 62, on communication matters. Parker, a sort of Roland Berger of the UK, has close personal ties to the British establishment: Former prime minister Gordon Brown is godfather to his son William, and Brown’s wife Sarah used to work at Brunswick. The new prime minister David Cameron attended, like Brown, Parker’s wedding. And Parker has also taken his holidays with Cameron. Brunswick only became become big at BP under the oil firm’s new CEO Tony Hayward and his head of PR Andrew Gowers.

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