December 13, 2006

Hare names staff, O'Brien gets top spot

Hat's off to Pat.
(Updated 9:54 a.m.) Former Moline alderman and mayoral candidate Pat O’Brien has been picked to be the top congressional staffer to U.S. Rep.-elect Phil Hare, in the 17th District, Hare’s office said Wednesday.

O’Brien, who served on the Moline City Council for two terms and ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year, has been appointed the new district director. He was the field director for Hare's congressional campaign and is a member of Laborers Union Local 309. O’Brien, a graduate of Western Illinois University, has lived in Moline for more than 27 years.

Hare also picked a member of incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s press office to lead his communications effort.

Tim Schlittner will run media operations for Hare out of Washington, D.C.

Schlittner, a graduate of Syracuse University, is familiar with the Quad-Cities. He worked for Bruce Braley’s 1st District campaign in Iowa during the 2006 campaign.

Also tapped today for senior staff positions:

* Andrew Rowe, as economic development director. Rowe, a Rock Island native with a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, is currently director of community rehab for Trinity Regional Health System. He will work in the district.

* Janna Berquist, as legislative director. She has served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., since last year. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Hare has already picked Evans’ chief of staff, Dennis King, to serve in the same capacity for him. Eda Robinson, who has been Evans’ office manager for 20 years, will join Hare’s staff in the same capacity.

Berquist, King and Robinson will work out of Washington, D.C.


At 12/13/2006 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Pat!

What happened to Jerry Lack though? Why's Phil asking him to "walk the plank"?

At 12/13/2006 2:20 PM, Blogger Robbie C. said...

I've had the pleasure of knowing Pat and even phone banking with him during the campaign. I think he will be a great district director. I hope that the other new folks are able to carry on the tradition of great staff members in the fightin 17th.


At 12/13/2006 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the rumor that Scott Terry (former Mayor of Osco) was being tapped to come in as the District Rep. I wonder what had happened there...

At 12/14/2006 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Lack from guidance from Lane Evans decided to bow out to give him time and space needed to run for State Rep. against Mike Boland. I said this weeks ago before your post. You should listen and quit with the moderation.

At 12/14/2006 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have beeen telling this Dope the same thing for weeks --- LISTEN MORE TALK LESS!

At 12/14/2006 1:04 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

One little question for my screeching un-hinged stalker.

Just who am I supposed to be listening TO?

Some obsessed nut-job like yourself? Please, say it's someone else.

At 12/14/2006 10:18 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Congratulations to Pat O' Brien on his well-deserved now job. Sometimes the good guys do win in this ballgame and O' Brien will do a good job both for Congressman Hare and the district at large. But he's not going to have much time to fine-tune his golf game anymore.

At 12/16/2006 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

H'mmm Dem you seem to be familiar with O'Brien's golf game. H'mmm?!

At 12/17/2006 8:08 PM, Blogger Huck Finn said...

Dope, I read the Kurt's interview with Lane Evans and Evans highlighted a lack of interest in the Veteran's Committee in the House and Phil Hare's early interest. Thing is, I don't know who on Hare's staff--including Hare--has the first clue on Veteran's issues. Got any insight?

At 12/18/2006 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil will just hire some smart guys to handle Vets for him.

We didn't elect Phil because he was pretty, or even because he was particularly bright, we did it because Lane choose him.

Why isn't that good enough?

At 12/19/2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good enough for me!!!


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