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Haridopolos spokesman David Bishop leaving for the Lottery

Senate President Mike Haridopolos is losing another member of his senior Senate staff. This time it's communications director David Bishop.

Starting Monday, Bishop will be the Florida Lottery's deputy secretary for brand management, where he will oversee all communications including marketing, media and advertising. Bishop's new salary is $114,000, a $2,000 bump from his pay under Haridopolos.

"I very much appreciate the opportunity in the Senate president's office," Bishop told the Times/Herald. "The new job is a great challenge and great opportunity I could not say no to."

The brand-management job title is new, but the position is not. The Lottery swapped the duties of a deputy secretary position dealing with administrative policy for the communications oversight now under Bishop.

“It’s a realignment of our messaging function,” said Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell in an interview. “It’s a very important step for us.”

Haridopolos has just hired a new chief of staff, Craig Meyer, after Steve MacNamara left for the same position in the governor's office.

Bishop had been Haridopolos' spokesman since September. Bishop took heat for booking Haridopolos' embarrassing interview with conservative radio host Ray Junior, who booted the U.S. Senate candidate off of his talk show for failing to answer how he would vote on Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.

The Haridopolos campaign dealt with the aftermath, but there were rumors that Bishop would lose his job. Haridopolos said then that he had not fired Bishop, and Bishop said, "There's nothing to announce."

No word on his replacement.

Bishop, 42, has worked in communications for more than 20 years, including stints in the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development under Jeb Bush, as Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's communications director in his run for attorney general, and as a TV news reporter in Tallahassee. He also lobbied with Tallahassee lobbyist Steve Uhlfelder.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 1:28pm]

    

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