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Crossing Party Lines – ‘No Labels’ Launches

In an effort to push back against the “excessive polarization and hyper-partisanship” that is the current state of politics in the U.S., more than 1,000 people – independents, Republicans, and Democrats from across the country – are in New York today launching No Labels.

The advocacy group says it seeks “to encourage our leaders to work together and develop practical solutions to our nation’s problem.”

Among those appearing at today’s event are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has switched parties (among other things) in the past, Delaware Republican Rep. Michael Castle, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. A livestream of today’s events are available here.

Update after the jump.

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Longtime PR and Lobbying Exec. Ed Gillespie Among Leaders of New GOP “Network”

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The Republican party is in the midst of building a “massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal – to recapture Congress and the White House,” Politico reports.

One of the leaders of the network is Ed Gillespie, who has held numerous communications roles for the GOP, including senior communications advisor for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, and Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Republican National Committee.

Gillespie left Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, the lobbying and PR firm he co-founded with Jack Quinn, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, in 2007 to join the Bush administration full time, where he was involved with communications strategy.

“Where they [Democrats] have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” Gillespie told Politico, as to the group’s motivations.

Asked about the new network, Gillespie directed us to Jim Dyke, founder of strategic communications firm Jim Dyke & Associates, who said, “The group or network is actually inaccurate. These are separate organizations that have a variety of missions and each will have its own PR or communications strategy.”

However, there are common goals between the organizations. “Understanding and utilizing new media, paid media and traditional media in concert to inform, motivate and activate voters on behalf of Republican candidates is critical to our success,” said Dyke.

Dyke has held communications roles with the Republican National Committee, the Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign, President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Gillespie is involved in all five groups that make up the network: The Republican State Leadership Committee, Resurgent Republic, American Action Forum, American Action Network and American Crossroads.

Should Royal Caribbean Have Returned To Haiti So Soon?

Cruise ship company Royal Caribbean has already returned to Haiti, where its ships dock at a private beach 60 miles north of earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince. Some are questioning whether the company should have returned so soon.

The fact that the ships are also bringing humanitarian aide, that the company has donated $1 million to relief and that they consulted with the U.N. Special Envoy of the Government of Haiti before deciding to return, has certainly helped the company’s case.

Royal Caribbean Associate Vice President John Weis said the cruise ships should be there because, “being on the island and generating economic activity for the straw market vendors, the hair-braiders and our 230 employees helps with relief while being somewhere else does not help. These 500 people are going to need to support a much larger network of family and friends, including many who are in (or are missing in) the earthquake zone.”

That still that hasn’t stopped headlines like this one from the New York Post: “Ship of ghouls: Cruisers frolic 60 miles from rotting bodies.”

Regardless of the company’s efforts, and the fact that at least one local resident told a reporter that the ships returning is not disrespectful, Royal Caribbean will still face media challenges.

Andy Morris, Co-Founder and Partner/Principal of agency Morris + King told PRNewser he and his agency partner Judith King think the company made the right move. “Anything that can help to restore the devastated island and economy is beneficial,” he said. “The situation is analogous to when – only a day or so after 9/11 – Rudy Giuliani called on New Yorkers and tourists to shop and thereby help rebuild the city. The cruise line has also very appropriately committed $1 million in aid to the country.”

Friday Afternoon Quarterbacking: Obama’s Messaging On Security

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A number of PR executives have asked PRNewser over the past week, how do you think President Obama has handled himself since the attempted Christmas day plane bombing?

For three days following the attempted attack while on vacation, Obama did not speak, and since then he has conducted three televised speeches, the latest of which came yesterday afternoon.

“When you know the first day this guy’s [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] father had turned him in, how can you not be out there demanding that heads roll?” asked Don Goldberg, partner at D.C.-based Qorvis Communications and former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton. He said that the only conclusion one can come to is that the reaction was calculated. They tried to “hold off” and “see what public reaction” would be, he said.

Others weren’t as critical. “Whatever he does, it will be criticized,” Hill & Knowlton CEO Paul Taaffe told PRNewser earlier this week.

Either way, it seems the GOP has had their own messaging problems this week. Rudy Giuliani followed former George W. Bush secretary Dana Perino when he said on “Good Morning America” today “we had no domestic attacks under Bush.” Perino said on Fox News’ Hannity in November, “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”