The Democratic National Committee has hired Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic strategist with close ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit George H.W. Bush in intensive care GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents 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 KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE's (D-Va.) campaign. He has also advised Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerRand's reversal advances Pompeo Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote Overnight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment MORE (D-Va.) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers Dem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses 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."