|President Bush Announces Ed Gillespie as New Counselor to the President Oval Office FULL STREAMING VIDEO, 12:43 P.M. EDT.|
We're going to miss Dan. He's been a friend of mine for -- gosh, since 1993, but I fully understand why a young dad needs to be with his family. And I admire the fact that he has set such an important priority. And I also -- thank you for your service.
And I also thank Ed for agreeing to come over here to the White House. We've got a lot to do. We've got to continue laying the foundation for peace. We've got an immigration bill that will help enforce our borders. We've got an energy bill that we need to get out that will make us less dependent on foreign oil. And we've got to remind the Congress that they need to be fiscally wise with the people's money; that we can balance this budget of ours without raising taxes.
And so, Ed, I'm looking forward to working with you. I thank you for your service. And, Bartlett, good luck to you, brother. Thank you.
END 12:44 P.M. EDT. For Immediate Release, Office of the Press Secretary, June 13, 2007
Ed Gillespie From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gillespie was born to an Irish American family in Browns Mills, New Jersey and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While at CUA he began his career on Capitol Hill as a Senate parking lot attendant.
He began his political career as a nighttime telephone solicitor in the basement of the Republican National Committee headquarters in 1985. He later worked for a decade as a top aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), and was a principal drafter of the GOP's 1994 "Contract With America." In 1996, he became Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Republican National Committee under then Chairman Haley Barbour.
In March 1998, Gillespie was executive director of coalition supporting computer data encryption called Americans for Computer Privacy. Gillespie's message was that "Encryption is, far from being a geek issue, essential to citizens' individual liberty. The mission that goes with the message is a tough one: to halt a Clinton administration drive to set up a system requiring that software equipped with data-scrambling capabilities also include a way for law enforcement or national security agencies to quickly access the encrypted information" ().
In 1999, Gillespie worked as the Press Secretary for the Presidential campaign of then House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich. Kasich withdrew from the race that summer.
In 2000, Gillespie served as senior communications advisor for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, organizing the party convention program in Philadelphia for Bush's nomination and Bush's inauguration ceremony. He also played an aggressive role as spokesman for the Bush campaign during the vote recount in Florida.
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