Although it is too early to know all who is, or will be on that preliminary list, a west coast former White House Press Advance staffer during the George W. Bush Administration has been submitted. Edward Lozzi, President of a public relations and political consulting firm in Beverly Hills, was a west coast Press Office Advance man from 1990-to 1992. Lozzi was also brought in as a Press Consultant to The U.S. Representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations, Sim Farar, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1992. Farar is a major player in the Presidential and Senatorial campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Senator Barbara Boxer.
" I am surprised and excited about the notification that I am on a preliminary list of candidates under consideration submitted to the White House for the prestigious appointment as Press Secretary to the President. Although I am an extreme longshot , I consider it an honor to have even been considered and I would serve proudly. ", said Lozzi.
" Edward Lozzi was a terrific guy who was a responsible and experienced media consultant when he joined us on the White House Advance staff. It was fulfilling, fun, and easy to work with him. He would be an asset ", said Roger Neal, a former White House Advance staffer in the George W. Bush Administration and now head of NEAL PR in Orange County California.
Although Lozzi has consulted with Presidential and cabinet level staffs and has provided media consulting for political campaigns for U.S. Senators and State elections, Lozzi has had no previous positions directly with Barack Obama which automatically makes him unlikely to be seriously considered. Lozzi is also the grandson of the late Raymond L. Rhodes, former Eisenhower Presidential appointment in the Treasury Customs Department and New Jersey state Republican Leader who helped both Eisenhower's presidential election, and Nelson Rockefeller's election as Governor of the State of New York. " My grandfather would of been proud, even of the mere consideration"
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There is speculation that leading candidates to replace Gibbs include deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, and Jay Carney, a spokesman for Vice President Biden.
The short list for the new Press Secretary should be ready in about two weeks.