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Posts Tagged ‘Martha Coakley’

Interview: Michael Kempner, CEO, MWW Group

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Michael Kempner has served as CEO of MWW Group since its founding in 1986. As an IPG (NYSE: IPG) owned shop, it is the 11th largest public relations agency in the U.S.

PRNewser caught up with Kempner this week to get his take on the market for PR services in 2010 — “You can’t hide in this market. You’re either really good or you’re not.” — his work for the Democratic Party — “The president needs to tie all of his programs together into a unified theme.” — and how he would grade Toyota’s crisis communications strategy thus far — “I would grade them a D.”

What’s your take on the market for PR so far in 2010?

I’m actually in a good mood. I felt good about 2009, actually. It wasn’t the easiest year, but the team rallied together. The team proved what I thought they would prove:

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GOP and Dems Ready To Spin MA Election Results

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No matter how tonight’s Massachusetts Senate election turns out, it already is much harder to spin from the Democratic perspective, as simply the reality of a close race in a state Barack Obama won by 26 points a year ago is a cause for alarm.

Republican candidate Scott Brown has already won on one front: social media. According to CNN.com:

As of Monday morning, Republican Scott Brown has 76,538 fans on his Facebook page. With polls opening in less than 24 hours, Democrat Martha Coakley has 14,441 fans.

On Twitter, Brown has 10,187 followers compared to Coakley’s 3,514 followers. The total uploaded views for Brown’s YouTube videos are 578,271 versus 51,173 for Coakley.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama is “both surprised and frustrated,” by the close race. In addition, there is already infighting within the Democratic party.

UPDATE: Coakley conceded to Brown at 9:20p.m. ET.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Takes To Twitter; Counters CNN Report

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton has taken to Twitter to defend the administration in the wake of reports from CNN’s Ed Henry that administration officials have said they expect Democrat Martha Coakley to lose the senate election in Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy‘s seat.

“The presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley’s chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said,” wrote Henry on CNN.com

Burton responded on Twitter with, “I wholeheartedly disagree,” followed by, “The President is in MA today because he believes Martha Coakley is the right person for the job and indeed will be the next senator from MA.”

After just six tweets, Burton already has 1,758 followers.

[h/t Mediaite]