(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer joins CNN as a political contributor, the network announced today.
Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief spokesman for three years, will offer commentary and analysis across the network as the nation enters the 2012 presidential campaign season.
“Ari’s extraordinary experience in the political arena and in the White House make him an invaluable contributor to the network,” said CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist. “We’re thrilled to have Ari on board and our viewers will appreciate his keen insight as we head into this election cycle.”
Fleischer runs his own company, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications Inc. and has been a veteran of Washington, D.C. political circles for more than two decades, having supported the Bush-Cheney campaign during their 2000 election and later through the 9/11 crisis. He worked as the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole during her presidential bid in 1999 and served as the communications director for the House Committee on Ways and Means from 1994 to 1999.
Fleischer is the author of a New York Times best seller, Taking Heat, which details his years in the White House.
“Having worked on a successful presidential campaign and having spent 21 years in Washington, I’m looking forward to joining CNN as a regular contributor,” said Fleischer. “It’s shaping up as a red hot political year and I’m eager to lend my perspective to it.”