Let’s get to work — in Scott’s officeby John Kennedy | April 4th, 2011
Times are tough in state government — with an almost $3.8 billion budget shortfall prompting wholesale spending reductions and job cuts.
But Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he’s added two new members to his staff, along with new duties for a couple more.
Lane Wright, formerly managing editor of the online Sunshine State News, has been named Scott’s press secretary. Current press secretary Amy Graham has been shifted to traveling press secretary.
Wright formerly was a TV reporter with West Palm Beach’s WTVX-TV, where he also was newsroom manager.
Also joining the Scott office is Karen Giorno, a former advance person for former First Lady Laura Bush. Giorno will be Scott’s director of external affairs.
A Scott deputy, Spencer Geissinger is checking out of Tallahassee — heading to Washington, D.C., as the governor’s director of federal affairs. Geissinger had been Scott’s campaign scheduling chief and directed his inauguration.
Geissinger is a former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush.