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Hillary Clinton has made a number of changes to her communications team, a top Clinton campaign source has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The New York Times reported on the moves on Sunday, citing an anonymous campaign aide who said Clinton is “adding staff members and reshuffling existing personnel” in the last few months before the primary elections begin in 2016.
Zac Petkanas, who used to be Harry Reid’s communications director, will be Clinton’s new director of rapid response. He replaces Christina Reynolds, who will be promoted to deputy communications director, sharing that title with Kristina Schake. Petkanas‘ deputy is Josh Schwerin, who was already on Clinton’s team doing rapid response and campaign finance.
Adrienne Elrod is also getting promoted. Her new title will be head of surrogate operations as she replaces Diane Hamwi, a longtime Clinton aide who has left the campaign. The campaign source told THR, though, that Hamwi wanted to move back to L.A.
The New York Times said Hamwi’s departure has been one of the biggest changes to Clinton’s communications department, which has had a lot of work this past year as it overcomes Clinton’s email controversy.
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