Que Sera, Coble

Posted January 10, 2003 at 2:03pm

Maryland Gov.-elect Bob Ehrlich (R) scores big, recently acquiring 18-year Hill veteran Ed McDonald from the office of Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.).

McDonald becomes deputy chief of staff for Ehrlich.

As former dean of the North Carolina Congressional delegation’s chiefs of staff, the 47-year-old McDonald headed up Coble’s office since 1988 and earlier served as the Tar Heel State Congressman’s press secretary.

McDonald, who hails from Maryland, received a bachelor’s from Towson State University in 1978 and worked as a reporter for two North Carolina radio stations before joining Coble’s Congressional campaign in 1984.

Legislative director Missy Branson, 33, takes over as chief of staff and acting press secretary.

A 1992 economics graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Branson is a native of Coble’s 6th district and is currently pursuing her master’s in national security at the Naval War College.

Former senior legislative assistant Anna Sagely, also a 6th district native, assumes the legislative director position. The 29-year-old one-time aide to Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.) earned a 1995 bachelor’s in industrial relations from UNC-Chapel Hill.

New legislative assistant Brad Jones arrives in Coble’s office from the office of Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) where he was most recently legislative assistant. He will cover the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, national security, agriculture and veterans issues.

Jones, 24, holds a bachelor’s in public policy analysis and French from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Also switching hats are Amanda Hamilton and E.J. Brown.

Hamilton, an Appalachian State University graduate and former executive assistant and scheduler to the Congressman becomes legislative assistant for budget, education and workforce, financial services, government reform and oversight, resources, and small business issues.

Hamilton, 28, who takes over for Drew Moretz, hails from Pleasant Garden, N.C. She previously served as a constituent liaison for the Congressman.

Brown comes aboard as staff assistant in charge of constituent liaison.