UPDATED: Trainor’s Had That First Bitter Taste
Ian Donnis reports that the voice of Chafee, Michael Trainor, may not be on board for the job post-inauguration:
Michael Trainor, who managed Lincoln Chafee’s winning gubernatorial campaign after the departure of J.R. Pagliarini — and who had been expected to serve as communications director in the Chafee administration — might not be staying with the Chafee team.
“I’m undecided right now as to to whether I’m going to stay in the administration,” Trainor says. He handled campaign press for Chafee before stepping into the campaign manager’s role.
Trainor cites, as one factor requiring thought, the difference between his experience in private-sector PR and the available role in the public sector. Under all but rare and extreme cases, one imagines the private sector is less contentious; with politics involved at the core of the job, every word is a potential controversy.
One also suspects that the spokesman for Governor Chafee will be treading particularly treacherous turf, given Linc’s history in the public eye.
UPDATE 12/28/10 7:30 p.m.
Ted Nesi ends the questioning:
… in a brief phone interview following a meeting at Chafee HQ late this afternoon, Trainor told me he will be serving as Chafee’s communications director.
“I’m delighted and honored to be asked to serve in the Chafee administration and look forward to helping him deliver his message over the next four years,” Trainor told me. He managed Chafee’s campaign after J.R. Pagliarini resigned in October and has served as the transition’s spokesman since the election.