|Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) staff at the Senate Republican Conference, the communications arm of the GOP leadership, organized a notably structured and disciplined August-recess communications plan in the wake of whispered criticisms of the Senate Republican messaging operation.|
The aggressive approach comes at a time when Santorum is facing a difficult reelection fight and some Senate Republicans are questioning whether he is distracted. Republicans are also concerned about the effective rapid-response strategy of Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid to media: Your work is more important than ever Free speech is a right, not a political weapon Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director MORE’s (D-Nev.) so-called “war room,” a bulked-up communications operation headed by Staff Director Jim Manley.
The Republican Conference has urged GOP senators to focus on job growth during the first week of the recess — in particular to hold events highlighting new jobs that are expected to be created by the passage of the energy and transportation bills.
Senate Republicans spell out disciplined messages for recess
By Alexander Bolton - 08/10/05 12:00 AM EDT