Obama re-election campaign brings onboard press secretary
April 6th, 2011
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama re-election campaign brings onboard press secretary

(CNN) – A veteran of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and of the Obama White House will now serve as press secretary for the president's 2012 re-election campaign.

Sources confirm to CNN that Ben LaBolt will join the Obama re-election campaign after the May 16 inauguration of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago. The 29 year-old LaBolt was the communications director for the former White House chief of staff's successful campaign for Chicago mayor.

The Illinois native has a long history of working with the president, serving as press secretary in Obama's Senate office, deputy press secretary for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and assistant press secretary and spokesman for all things related to justice, the counsels office, nominations to the Supreme Court, energy, and the environment. LaBolt left the White House last autumn to join Emanuel's bid for Chicago mayor.

LaBolt will report to campaign manager Jim Messina.

Katie Hogan will serve as deputy press secretary. The Chicago native was White House associate director of press advance the past two years. Hogan also worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and on Sen. Maria Cantwelll of Washington's 2006 re-election campaign.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the news of LaBolt and Hogan.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I am fired up!!! I am ready to go!!!

    April 6, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Dolce21

    I just can't believe he would even attempt to run again. He has got to see the writing on the wall. Please open your eyes obama. Your probably a precious person, but know nothing about government issues.

    April 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    You need some more and better campaign advisors than what you had last time. Do not organize to fight the same fight. That is a recipe for failure Doing so would spell doom for your re-election. The GOP has evolved, for the better or for the worse, and so your strategy must be more adept to adapt than what was in the past.

    April 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. LTIUAFO

    HAVE YOU PEOPLE LOST YOUR COLLECTIVE MINDS??? Re-elect this guy AT YOUR OWN PERIL!! Ya gotta be NUTS to even THINK about it!!

    April 6, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    And now let the campaigning begin – Remember to come to VA to campaign for Tim Kaine so once again, I will attend. Twice you were here but it was Kaine supporting your presidential run – I was there both times!!! Once before you were here at VCU campaigning for Tim Kaine's government run – I was there (you were just "a little known Black history fact" (Tom Joyner thing) but you would not have guessed it from the HUGE audience that already loved you)!!!

    GOBAMA/BIDEN – GO-KAINE!! Yes We Can!!!

    April 6, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. phoenix86

    With Obama now divided amongst his re-election campaign and his presidential vacations and golf outings, I wonder how much this campaign will effect his golf score?

    April 6, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |