State Division of Elections has a new public face
The Florida Division of Elections has a fresh and much younger public face, as spokeswoman Brittany Lesser arrived from Washington this week.
Lesser, 24, is formally the communications director for the Department of State, but most of the agency's public attention is from hot-button voting issues, such as Gov. Rick Scott's plan to resume scrubbing the Florida voter registration database for suspected non-citizens.
Things are relatively quiet in the agency now, but they promise to get a lot busier in 2014, an election year.
Lesser is a Colorado native, journalism graduate of Brigham Young University and former intern at NBC News' Washington bureau, and said she was eager to start a new career in Florida. "It seemed like a good fit," she said.
She said she was encouraged to apply for the $66,000 a year post by Scott's communications director, Melissa Sellers. Lesser has an interesting resume: She has spent the past two years working for U.S. Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican who attracted national notoriety over the past year for his highly controversial statements likening illegal immigrants to drug smugglers. King also backs a government shutdown as a way of defunding Obamacare. (Lesser said she left King's office on very good terms, with an autographed picture of him as a memento).
While working on the highly partisan hill in D.C., Lesser had an active Twitter account. Here's a memorable tweet about President Barack Obama that she sent at the height of the presidential election campaign last October:
Is it bad that I want to mute Obama every time he speaks?