DNC picks up top Warren aide

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The Massachusetts senator’s deputy chief of staff will take over as the party’s communications director in the new year.

Kristen Orthman adds to the tally of Elizabeth Warren aides sprinkled through the Biden team. | Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images

By ALEX THOMPSON

10/27/2021 05:30 PM EDT

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The Democratic National Committee will bring on a senior adviser to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to be its new communications director at the beginning of next year, the committee told POLITICO. She will be the latest Warren aide to join the upper echelons of the Biden administration and the national party.

Kristen Orthman, Warren’s current deputy chief of staff and the communications director for her presidential campaign, will replace Adrienne Watson, who is joining the White House’s National Security Council (NSC) next month.

“This is a huge get for Democrats,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “The DNC continues to recruit top talent and I could not be more excited to welcome Kristen to our already strong team. She is a skilled communicator and manager who will help to elevate the DNC and Democrats across the country.”

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