Today the politically-focused communications firm SKDKnickerbocker announced the launch of its first West Coast office…and the hiring of veteran political advisor Bill Burton to lead it.
The release elaborates on Burton’s extensive political portfolio: he started his career as press secretary for Democratic Representative Bill Luther and Senator Tom Harkin before running Midwestern communications for John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential bid.
Burton later directed communications for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe under Rahm Emanuel before serving as then-candidate Barack Obama’s national press secretary and filling the deputy role in The White House. In 2011, he co-founded and helped lead strategy at Priorities USA, the “super PAC” promoting Obama’s 2012 campaign, before joining The Global Strategy Group firm as EVP and managing director.
Political enthusiasts may know Burton best for his various appearances on FOX News wherein he “called out” Karl Rove, Megyn Kelly, and Steve Doocy (among others).
Former White House Comms Director Anita Dunn, who now serves as MD of SKDK’s Washington, D.C. office, describes Burton as “a smart and savvy strategist who has considerable experience working in the highest levels of government, media and political campaigns.”
To Politico’s Glenn Thrush and many other reporters covering The White House, he’s a familiar frenemy:
Congrats to @billburton for shortening his morning commute by a few thousand miles…
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) January 28, 2015
You may note that Burton’s fans include other political comms vets as well as Ben Smith of BuzzFeed and others familiar with life in the journalistic trenches.
SKDK’s clients include traditional candidates as well as corporate entities like US Airways — which hired the firm to help with its recent American merger — and assorted left-leaning advocacy campaigns like those supporting greater gun control and same-sex marriage rights.