Another Capitol Hill press veteran has joined QGA Public Affairs. Jim Manley, former spokesman to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the late Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), joins the firm as Senior Director of Communications and Government Affairs. Manley spent six years working for Reid and 12 for Kennedy. Already in QGA’s midst is John Feehery, former spokesman to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and the firm’s Communications President.
But like some news around Washington, sometimes it gets leaked early — the hire was supposed to break this morning, but an early report by WaPo‘s Al Kamen presented the need for the below preface to a press release. Noteworthy: Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce reported in her piece at 2:24 p.m. Monday that Manley, after spending 21 years working in the Senate, spent his 50th birthday in Europe. He then took to Capitol Hill coffee shops to tweet and contemplate his next move.
Friends — We are very excited to let you know of an important new hire at QGA Public Affairs. Jim Manley, who has served as press spokesman for Leader Harry Reid, as well as Senators Ted Kennedy and George Mitchell, will be joining us as a Senior Director of QGA Communications and a Director of the Government Relations practice. He begins with us this Friday. As you may know, this news appeared in at least one publication today. We had hoped to share the announcement with you in advance, but an unexpected leak made that impossible. We look forward to introducing Jim to you personally.
UPDATE: It was WaPo‘s Kamen, referenced in the above preface, who first spilled the news of Manley’s new job at 1:02 p.m. Monday. Kamen was not cited in Pierce’s story. Read his post here. HuffPost Hill reported the “news” last night. Politico‘s Mike Allen reported the “news” in this morning’s Playbook.