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Three leaving Crist's press shop



UPDATE:  Two others are also leaving the governor's press office. Public information specialist Suzette Roblejo, 24, who fulfills a critical mission handling requests for records, is leaving to take graduate studies at Georgetown. Office manager Rachel Stinson, 23, is resigning to spend some time with family members in Atlanta and plans to resume studies at FSU in January.

Gov. Charlie Crist's communications director, Erin Isaac, will soon get a new full-time assistant. The deputy press secretary, Thomas Philpot, has left to pursue a legal career (he starts as a full-time student in the fall). As No. 3 press person, the 24-year-old Pensacola native dealt with Florida reporters on media calls for information, wrote news releases and provided audio files from public events (photo of Philpot courtesy of the governor's office).Philpot 

A little known fact: Philpot was the only member of Crist's press operation retained from Jeb Bush's administration. He was earning $55,000 a year. Read Philpot's resignation letter here.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:29am]


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