Obama hires longtime Dem press aide to handle healthcare communications

Stephanie Cutter, a longtime Democratic press operative, will start work in early May as special assistant to President Barack Obama for special projects. She’ll be handling communications on the implementation of the new law.

“Stephanie is one of the most respected professionals in public affairs and has an innate understanding of the nexus between policy and communications,” Obama said in a statement. “She’s also a veteran of the White House, and I’m thrilled to have her on board in this new role.”

Cutter, a veteran of both the Clinton and Obama White Houses, served this president at the Treasury Department during his transition, and helped guide the media message for the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Cutter was also first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff during the presidential campaign, and she has worked on Capitol Hill for Democrats like Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (Mass.).

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