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D.C. Journalist Switches Sides

Adam Blickstein, the new press secretary in the office of Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), shouldn’t have much trouble fielding requests from Washington area journalists fishing for statements and information. He was, after all, once in the journalism business himself.

Blickstein, a native of Rochester, N.Y., joins Bordallo’s staff after having worked at CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he served as a news assistant. In his old position, he was responsible for assisting with production and research for the network’s D.C. area coverage. Before landing at CNN, Blickstein worked for a year at NBC’s London bureau, studying geography and playing field hockey on the side.

A graduate of Tufts University, Blickstein received his bachelor’s in political science. He is also an avid music fan, and has been busy mastering the guitar for the past 10 years.

The other new member of Bordallo’s staff is Stephen Hedger, hired as a legislative assistant specializing in military policy. Hedger graduated from West Point with a degree in international relations in 1999, and since then has served five years of active duty in the U.S. Army, including tours of duty in Kosovo and Iraq.

For his service to his country, Hedger has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Hedger has also spent a year handling military education issues for the office of Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). Currently, he is dividing his time between Bordallo’s office and the Virginia Army National Guard, where he serves as a captain in the headquarters of the 29th Infantry Division.

While Hedger will focus his attention

on the Delegate’s Armed Services Committee duties, he will also handle foreign affairs issues for Bordallo.

Lautenberg Promotes Legislative Correspondent. When Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was beginning to piece together a Washington, D.C., staff, Doug Mehan, then an intern for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), was one of the first to be invited aboard.

Mehan, a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, started out as Lautenberg’s legislative correspondent — answering phones, addressing constituent concerns and occasionally driving the Senator from place to place. After two years in this position, Mehan has been promoted to legislative assistant and counsel. In his new role, he will specialize in telecommunication, labor and judiciary issues.

Mehan hails from Basking Ridge, N.J. He replaces Rudy Brioche, who recently departed Lautenberg’s office to become an adviser to Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein.