The Democratic National Committee has hired Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic strategist with close ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPelosi on criticism of leadership: 'This is such a small item, it isn't about me' Trump: Obama didn't 'choke,' he 'colluded or obstructed' Juan Williams: Trump refills the swamp MORE, as its new communications director.

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Elleithee was Clinton's traveling campaign press secretary in 2008, and more recently was a top adviser on now-Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineLive coverage: Senate Dems hold talkathon to protest GOP health plan Trump supporter who lost tight Va. governor primary weighs Senate run Northam defeats Sanders-backed candidate in Va. gov primary MORE's (D-Va.) campaign. He has also advised Sens. Mark WarnerMark WarnerElection hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security Are Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? Policymakers forget duty to protect taxpayers from financial failures MORE (D-Va.) and Tom UdallTom UdallDems, greens press Trump administration on methane rewrites Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to roll back Dodd-Frank | Sage grouse back in the spotlight | GOP chair won't back Glass-Steagall revival Overnight Tech: FCC disputes reporter's account of 'manhandling' incident | Verizon to cut 2K jobs at Yahoo | Russians used spyware on Instagram | Virginia moves on 5G networks MORE (D-N.M.), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Elleithee replaces former DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, who spent five years in the job before leaving for the outside advocacy group Americans United for Change.

"We're thrilled to have Mo join our team, bringing with him seventeen years of experience on some of the most high-profile campaigns in the country," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said in a statement. "Mo's experience working in the public sector, the private sector, on issue advocacy and electoral campaigns at every level will make him an invaluable asset at the DNC and for Democrats across the country."