Scott's communication director out, Jindal's old spox in
Brian Burgess, Gov. Rick Scott’s communications director, is leaving the governor’s office to join the Republican Party of Florida’s media team.
Burgess has worked on crafting Scott’s messaging for nearly four years, and is one of several high-level officials to leave Scott’s administration in the last year. Several agency heads, a chief of staff and at least two top communications officials have resigned this year alone.
“From the very beginning, Brian has been by my side as a strategic and political adviser, a trusted aide, and loyal member of my team,” Scott said in a statement. “His strong work ethic, strategic advice and leadership will be missed inside the administration, but he isn’t going far.”
Melissa Sellers, who once led media efforts for Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, will take over the position, which paid a salary of $110,000.
Burgess will begin leading media relations efforts for the Republican Party of Florida beginning Sept. 17. He follows a similar path as his predecessor, Brian Hughes, who left Scott’s office last year for a media job with RPOF.
Sellers starts her job on Sept. 10. Her start date comes just a couple months after Scott’s new chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, joined the Scott-team.
See Scott’s press release below.
Governor Scott ramps up communications team;
Brian Burgess moves to RPOF, Melissa Sellers announced as new communications director
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Governor's office announced today that Governor Rick Scott's longtime aide, Brian Burgess, will leave his post as Director of Communications to lead the media relations and communications efforts at the Republican Party of Florida beginning September 17th. Burgess has worked with Scott in various communications and media relations roles for nearly four years. Beginning in January 2009, he served as a consultant with CRC Public Relations, which spearheaded the media strategy for Rick Scott’s Conservatives for Patients' Rights, and later assisted then-candidate Scott during his campaign for governor.
“From the very beginning, Brian has been by my side as a strategic and political adviser, a trusted aide, and loyal member of my team,” said Governor Scott. “His strong work ethic, strategic advice and leadership will be missed inside the administration, but he isn’t going far. In his new role, he will continue to help tell the story to Floridians and the nation about what we’re accomplishing every day.”
In conjunction with the move, Governor Scott announced that Melissa Sellers will begin serving as communications director for the Governor’s office on September 10th. Sellers most recently served as the Director of Regional Media for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Before that, she served as communications director for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal during his campaign for governor in 2007 and his first term in office. Sellers led the development of the Governor’s messaging during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the catastrophic Gulf oil spill in 2010, and multiple state budget shortfalls. She also helped bring national attention to Governor Jindal’s reform of state ethics laws and regulations, which have paved the way for Louisiana to become one of the fastest growing economies in the South.
Governor Scott added, “We have an ambitious agenda to create more jobs and opportunity for the hard working people of Florida and while we have made important progress already, there is a lot of work still ahead of us. Melissa will bring experience and valued insight to our mission and we are excited to have her join our team.”