Hastert Hires New Communications Aides

Posted April 1, 2005 at 5:48pm

Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has continued the reshaping of his press shop, hiring a new communications aide and a new speechwriter.

Lisa Camooso Miller has been named deputy communications director under recently hired Ron Bonjean. Both Bonjean and Miller previously worked at the Commerce Department, where Miller served as deputy director of public affairs and, before that, as deputy White House liaison.

Also moving from Commerce to the Speaker’s office is Janelle Carter, who will serve as Hastert’s chief speechwriter. Carter had been deputy director of speechwriting to then-Commerce Secretary Don Evans and had previously been a speechwriter for Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

Hastert’s former speechwriter, Larry Farnsworth, has been promoted to deputy press secretary. The press secretary post, which was left vacant when John Feehery joined the Motion Picture Association of America, remains unfilled.

— Ben Pershing