If you can be known by the professionals who you surround yourself with, new Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D) of Winthrop may be favorably known as he pulls together a new team of seasoned political veterans to help him quarterback leadership of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Having won an easy victory over his opponent, House Majority Leader Rogers, DeLeo is reaching out for some cream of the crop appointments, and has succeeded in recruiting a few former public servants who've been living the good life in the private sector.
Former Boston Phoenix Columnist and Tom Menino Spokesman Seth Gitell will assume the post of PR man for the newly elected speaker.
Deleo served as House Ways and Means Chairman under departed Speaker Sal Dimasi and is known for his reserved and cautious leadership style. DeLeo has promised a transparent leadership style and has recently made a term limits proposal for the office of the House speaker. Gitell, hardly rash or rumbunctions, will make a good fit as DeLeo's communications lieutenant at the state house.
Gitell was highly respected by the press corp while serving as Boston Mayor Tom Menino's communications director, and appreciates the needs of his old colleagues in the press corp. having been on that side of the aisle as the well known scribe for the Phoenix. As a Boston writer, Gitell was highly respected for his probing and careful analysis of city and state politics. Gitell is also an attorney and since leaving Menino's staff has published a well read and noteworthy blog.