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Parlor game: What's next for Jay Carney?
Politico ^ | Friday, May 30, 2014 | BYRON TAU

Posted on 05/30/2014 5:09:48 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

White House press secretaries hustle for the president. Then a lot of them go on to do the same thing for special interests.

The Washington parlor game Friday: Will outgoing press secretary Jay Carney do the same?

Since the start of the Clinton administration, five of the last nine press secretaries landed softly in the world of corporate communications for a large multinational company or with a public affairs firm.

(QUIZ: How well do you know Jay Carney?)

The lucrative line of work relies on in-town connections and insider knowledge of an administration. It looks and feels a lot like lobbying — just don’t call it that, since none of the formal rules apply.

Obama announced Friday that Carney will step down from the podium in June. And while it is unclear what Carney will do next, many insiders say that if he wants to join the world of influence, he certainly could.

“Press secretaries by definition have a public affairs background that would lead them into that kind of civilian position,” said Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary for both George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. As a result, press secretaries tend to go work for “either with companies that are hiring public affairs people, or Washington PR firms who want the combination of public relation experience plus access to the White House or government in general,” he said.

(Also on POLITICO: Twitter lights up at Carney announcement)

Clinton press secretary Jake Siewert now serves as global head of corporate communications for Goldman Sachs, after doing a stint at Alcoa. Dee Dee Myers recently accepted a job to head communications for Warner Bros. She also did a stint consulting for the hit NBC show “The West Wing.”

And the public affairs field — a cross between public relations and lobbying — is crowded with ex-White House spokespersons.

Carney’s predecessor Robert Gibbs founded The Incite Agency with Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt. (Obama famously called Gibbs’ $172,000-a-year salary as White House press secretary “modest” in an interview with The New York Times.)

Clinton White House press secretary Mike McCurry works at the lobbying and public affairs firm Public Strategies Washington — whose CEO and founder recently played a round of golf with Obama.

(WATCH: Best of Jay Carney)

Myers and fellow former Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart have long been affiliated with the Glover Park Group — a huge public relations, public affairs and lobbying operation that does work for corporate and nonprofit clients. Lockhart co-founded the firm, while Myers served as a managing director until recently. Lockhart also did a stint at Facebook before returning to the firm he founded in 2013.

The one thing White House press secretaries have largely avoided? Outright lobbying. Though the Glover Park Group has a lobbying arm, Myers and Lockhart have never registered to lobby. McCurry registered to lobby briefly during his stint at Public Strategies in 2006 to represent a coalition called Hands Off The Internet. Other than that, White House press secretaries have stayed away from K Street.

“I’d say the skill sets are similar — in that you have to have a good grasp of policy, to know the different variations and nuances of the various policies that are being discussed. But the audiences are different,” said David Urban, a veteran Republican lobbyist with the bipartisan firm American Continental Group.

Urban said that most press secretaries have no affinity for working the halls of Capitol Hill and schmoozing members of Congress. Their interests are usually in framing issues and developing a media plan for clients. That’s a similar skill set to what lobbyists do — but a different tactical approach.

“I just think it’s the same highway — but different side,” Urban said.

But critics say that public affairs and public relations can essentially be unregistered lobbying — especially when done on behalf of corporate clients or special interest groups.

“Public affairs is providing that sort of communication to officeholders that is often done on behalf of special interests. It really is a form of lobbying,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen. “It’s a very natural revolving door.”

And the rise of White House press secretaries to superstardom in Washington, D.C., is a recent phenomenon.

“I did not find that press secretaries generally get offered big jobs or big salaries because of their experience,” said Fitzwater, the veteran of the Bush and Reagan White Houses. In his day, companies weren’t necessarily hunting for candidates with deep levels of Washington experience.

“They didn’t see presidential press secretary experience germane to the way that they run their businesses,” he said.

And certainly the world of influence is not Carney’s only option.

One former White House press secretary told POLITICO that offers for paid speaking engagements, book deals, corporate and public relations job offers and even opportunities in Hollywood start rolling in almost immediately.

Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, could also follow in the footsteps of Dana Perino and George Stephanopoulos — both of whom have become full-time media personalities after their stints behind the podium.

Either way, Carney, 49, is likely to have his pick of career options as he ponders his next big move.

“It was surreal,” recalled former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer. Upon announcing his resignation in 2003, he was flooded with opportunities and engagements — all before his departure was even finalized.

“I had faxes offering me paid speeches. I had a fax from a publisher offering a huge advance for a book,” Fleischer said. “Some Hollywood people called me and talked to me about becoming my agents.”

Fleischer said that celebrities and big shots who never would have taken notice of him prior to his White House days came calling about opportunities of all kinds — from film to books to speaking gigs to jobs.

Fleischer ended up taking a different path than many former White House flacks. He left Washington, D.C., to found a sports communications firm headquartered in White Plains, N.Y. He’s represented Major League Baseball, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and several major sports figures — helping with their crisis communications, image management and media needs.


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1 posted on 05/30/2014 5:09:48 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

He can spend his days eating those gigantic breakfasts his wife apparently cooks for him every morning.


2 posted on 05/30/2014 5:12:10 PM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Second Amendment First

One of the lefty cable news programs ... the learning curve would be short.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: TheGipperWasRight
HAPPY COUPLE: Carney will be able to spend more time with his wife, ABC News journalist Claire Shipman, and their two children

HAPPY COUPLE: Carney will be able to spend more time with his wife, ABC News journalist Claire Shipman, and their two children

4 posted on 05/30/2014 5:15:04 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

A member of Team Hillary 2016? (Barf)


5 posted on 05/30/2014 5:15:30 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Second Amendment First
He can write his memoir, Lying for a Living.
6 posted on 05/30/2014 5:16:50 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Second Amendment First

A tell all lie.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 5:17:38 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Second Amendment First

First thing is take a shower for a week to wash the stench of all those lies off.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 5:18:19 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: windsorknot

Like Baghdad Bob!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Saeed_al-Sahhaf


9 posted on 05/30/2014 5:18:42 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

My guess is Carney will be lawyering up. The whoppers he told over Benghazi will likely get him.hauled before the committee.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 5:19:28 PM PDT by what's up (sun)
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To: Second Amendment First

Snake oil salesman at the carny.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 5:19:33 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Second Amendment First

remake of “What’s My Line?”


12 posted on 05/30/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Second Amendment First

If he told you his plans would you believe him?


13 posted on 05/30/2014 5:23:01 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: beethovenfan

“at the carny”

Geek biting the heads off of chickens.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 5:23:27 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Second Amendment First

Stay-at-home liar....


15 posted on 05/30/2014 5:24:32 PM PDT by clintonh8r (I wish no harm on Gen. Shinseki, but perhaps he should consider seppuku.....)
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To: Second Amendment First

Reprise of a Jon Lovitz character on SNL?


16 posted on 05/30/2014 5:26:21 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Second Amendment First

What commie organization will he be working for?


17 posted on 05/30/2014 5:29:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TheGipperWasRight
The best fit would be "Would you like fries with that?".
18 posted on 05/30/2014 5:31:20 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Parlor game: What’s next for Jay Carney?”

Hawking Veg-o-matics and Pocket Fisherman on late night TV?


19 posted on 05/30/2014 5:31:31 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Didn’t know he was married to Claire Shipman.

Didn’t know she had such man-hands.


20 posted on 05/30/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Barnum and Bailey, or Ringling Bros.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 5:37:21 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: freekitty

msnbc


22 posted on 05/30/2014 5:41:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Starstruck

Now that’s funny!


23 posted on 05/30/2014 5:43:02 PM PDT by MrKatykelly
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FReepers! Charge! One day until June!

Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

Woo hoo!! And now less than $7k to go!! We can do this!! Thank you all very much!!

24 posted on 05/30/2014 5:45:42 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: bigbob

Name does appear to be destiny. Carney (Carny?) has overseen the circus of late, but he’s being replaced by Josh Earnest. I wonder which part of his name will win out.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 5:46:07 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Snocone salesman.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 5:48:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Second Amendment First
Carney could work in a sideshow.

But that would be redundant.

27 posted on 05/30/2014 5:53:40 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: colorado tanker
First thing is take a shower for a week to wash the stench of all those lies off.
Won't do any good. He can reprise Lady Macbeth:
"Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't.—Hell is murky.—Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"

28 posted on 05/30/2014 5:57:01 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: workerbee
The cover of the spring 2014 issue of 'Washingtonian MOM' magazine featured Shipman and the two Carney children

The cover of the spring 2014 issue of 'Washingtonian MOM' magazine featured Shipman and the two Carney children

29 posted on 05/30/2014 5:58:22 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

No matter what he does he will become a millionaire.


30 posted on 05/30/2014 6:12:33 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Second Amendment First
Jay Carney is now ready to open the "Baghdad Bob" press secretary Masters class for premiere Bull$hit artists..
31 posted on 05/30/2014 6:18:41 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: VerySadAmerican

CNN, who is looking to go in a different direction, will give him a very large contract to host a daily non-partisan political show.

On day one, the show will be non-partisan. After getting a phone call from management, the show is changed to a highly political show.

They move around Wolf and Carol to give Carney a better time slot.

Epic fail.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 6:22:20 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Second Amendment First

Really? Who cares? Freaking obamabot.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 6:43:47 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: Second Amendment First

He’ll fit right in as the press secretary for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association.


34 posted on 05/30/2014 7:21:19 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Second Amendment First
Most likely, he will still be truthless until he is toothless, and even beyond that point -- like this guy was truthless (see link) -- ("Would you believe...?").

In other words, wherever he goes, and whatever he does, he will most likely still be a Liar, Liar.

35 posted on 05/30/2014 7:36:35 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ("Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee." - St. Augustine)
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To: Second Amendment First

If he ever tells any of the truth (or even hints that he might) he will be found on a crashed plane with a round hole in his head. Suspect he will be a good boy and keep his trap shut while getting rich at some liberal college.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 7:42:19 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Do you want fries with that?”


37 posted on 05/30/2014 8:41:15 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Carnival barker?


38 posted on 05/30/2014 8:41:35 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Or Bass O Matics.


39 posted on 05/30/2014 8:42:35 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

“Or Bass O Matics.”


Funny stuff— I gag just remembering it.Yuk !

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40 posted on 05/30/2014 8:44:11 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BQFv83QJ2Y


41 posted on 05/30/2014 8:45:41 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

Those were the days,my friend. :-)

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42 posted on 05/30/2014 8:49:17 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Second Amendment First

Barker in a side-show.....


43 posted on 05/30/2014 9:02:56 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Second Amendment First

Carnival Barker.

.

Eddie: “Yeah, I got the daughter in the clinic, getting cured off the Wild Turkey. And, the older boy, bless his soul, is preparing for his career.”

Clark: “College?”

Eddie: “Carnival.”

Clark: “You got to be proud.”

Eddie: “Oh, yeah. Yeah, last season he was a pixie-dust spreader on the Tilt-O-Whirl. He thinks that maybe next year, He’ll be guessing people’s weight or barking for the Yak woman.


44 posted on 05/30/2014 9:13:03 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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