Newsom replaces Ragone with Ballard
Ragone expected to join Newsom re-election campaign
Embattled Newsom Press Secretary Peter Ragone.
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 27, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
announced Monday the appointment of Nathan Ballard as his new
director of communications.
Ballard replaces former Communications Director Peter Ragone
who came under fire for using fake names to post on websites,
and being less
than truthful about it.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle article, date 2/18/7,
Newsom was not happy with Ragone's blogging but said the blogging
incident was not
enough to remove Ragone.
"I'm pleased that Nathan Ballard is joining our administration,"
Newsom said. "He is a seasoned communications director who
also has valuable experience in San Francisco city government."
Ballard, 37, served as a spokesman for presidential candidates
Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. He has also been
a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, the California
Democratic Party, and the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO,
according to Newsom's office.
San Franciscans may remember Ballard from his previous work as
a deputy city attorney and spokesman for then City Attorney Louise
Ballard is scheduled to begin his new job on March 5.
Current director of communications, Peter Ragone, is expected
to join Newsom's campaign for re-election, according to the mayor's
Luke Thomas contributed to this report.
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