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Movers and Shakers: Haridopolos aide lands at FDOT, Current finds a new editor



A former political aide to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who weeks ago called off his campaign for U.S. Senate, has landed a new job at the Florida Department of Transportation. Toby Philpot will be the agency's deputy legislative affairs director. His previous jobs include a stint at the Agency for Health Care Administration, where he helped develop "political strategy" for Gov. Jeb Bush's Medicaid proposal, according to a department news release. He earned a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

Philpot's new boss is also new to his role. Gerard O'Rourke will be the agency's new legislative affairs director. O'Rourke had worked for the agency as a senior legislative analyst since 2007. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Barry University. O'Rourke takes over for Tom DiGiacomo, who left the agency to become executive director of the Florida Transportation Commission.

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More promotions for President Barack Obama's 2008 Florida campaign staff: Adam Wilczewski, the campaign's Miami political director, was named chief of staff for the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. He'll report to Frank Sanchez of Tampa, the department's undersecretary for trade.
Ashley Bauman, the Florida press secretary during the 2008 campaign and a University of Florida alumna, will take on a new role as press secretary for the Virginia Democratic Party.

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The Florida Current, the Capitol news site owned by LobbyTools, has hired a new editor and another reporter. William Prescott will become the Current's editor and producer in mid-September. He has worked a variety of reporting and editing gigs at newspapers since 1975, including the Tallahassee Democrat, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Valdosta Daily Times, Clearwater Sun and most recently the Tampa Tribune. He takes over for Gary Fineout, now working at The Associated Press.

Also joining the Current next month is Florida Independent reporter Travis Pillow. Pillow earned his journalism degree from the University of Florida. He wrote for the Independent Florida Alligator and Gainesville Sun before joining the Independent.

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[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 1:57pm]


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