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Howard Wolfson: Soccer Has Arrived in the U.S. Because Matt Drudge Is Covering It

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Howard Wolfson, longtime political communications operative and current Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, just published his first post on The New Republic‘s World Cup blog.

In it, he says soccer is getting big in the U.S. Why? Because Matt Drudge is covering it. Said Wolfson:

You may not think much of his politics, but Drudge still has an uncanny ability to shape and direct traditional news coverage. He knows his audience, and if there wasn’t a market for soccer in the States, he wouldn’t be featuring it on his site.

And yes, those vuvuzela horns are very loud.

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Toyota Adds To PR Agency Roster in D.C.

Toyota has added two D.C.-based PR agencies to its roster of consultants as the company manages through a massive product recall, PRWeek reports.

Glover Park Group and Quinn Gillespie & Associates were hired by the car-maker. The agencies will work alongside existing Toyota agencies Powell Tate and Golin Harris.

Both Glover Park and Quinn Gillespie are high-powered and well-connected D.C. firms. Glover Park recently employed former Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign communications director Howard Wolfson, before he left to take a full time role with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration.

Quin Gillespie is run by Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore. Ed Gillespie left the firm in 2007 to serve as counselor to President George W. Bush and has since worked on various Republic campaigns.

UPDATE: Jack Quinn tells PRNewser via email, “Yes, we are retained by Toyota. We were hired to provide general representation, but, at the moment, we are assisting on issues regarding the recall matters.” The agency is acting as high-level general counsel and in a government relations capacity – not media relations.

RELATED: FishbowlDC Co-Editor Matt Dornic Joins Quinn Gillespie & Associates

Former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson Joins Bloomberg Administration

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After serving as a consultant to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s re-election campaign, Howard Wolfson has now joined the Bloomberg administration in a full time role as senior adviser, The New York Times reports.

Wolfson “will assume the newly created position of counselor to the mayor, focusing on communications and policy,” says the Times.

After serving as communications director on Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, Wolfson joined Fox News as a contributor, became a blogger for The New Republic and took a post as managing director at consulting firm Glover Park Group.

Some called Wolfson a “high profile attack dog” while he worked on Bloomberg’s re-election, a race that was much closer than expected given the campaign’s massive monetary advantages over challenger Bill Thompson.

Howard Wolfson, The Bloomberg Campaign’s “High-Profile Attack Dog”

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Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York City mayor tonight, defeating Democratic challenger Bill Thompson in a race that was much closer than his last campaign against Fernando Ferrer. This despite Bloomberg being predicted to spend almost $100 million on his campaign, which is already, “the most expensive self-financed campaign in United States history,” according to NY1.

The New York Times reports that when first planning Bloomberg’s re-election, his top guru Kevin Sheekey, “urged him to quickly send a warning to potential challengers. He suggested recruiting a high-profile attack dog for the campaign and disclosing it to the press. The choice was obvious: Howard Wolfson, the combative former communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presidential run.”

Indeed Wolfson had a busy day in the press, forcing updates to Daily News stories at 7pm and appearing on NY1, in addition to his multitude of other duties running PR for the mayor’s campaign. Wolfson made waves last July when he joined Fox News as a contributor. He also had somewhat of a fallout with Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn in the wake of the aforementioned Clinton presidential campaign. Can Wolfson count Bloomberg squeaking buy as a win? No doubt he’ll try.