Senate Democrats

Reid Opens New Communications Center

Tuesday, January 4, 2004

WASHINGTON , DC – Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today opened the new
Senate Democratic Communications Center in the U.S. Capitol. The
communications center in the U.S. Capitol will provide Democrats a
visible and vocal platform from which they will be heard.

“As the Democratic leader, I am pleased to open a new communications center
to ensure that all Americans — from my rural hometown of Searchlight to the
nation’s big cities — know the values and principles for which Democrats
stand,” Reid said. “This center will provide a central place for Democrats
to spread our message of economic opportunity, retirement security and
affordable and accessible health care to all Americans. I am pleased that
the best talent in the country has gathered here to spread the word and get
the truth out.”

Senator Reid also said the new Senate Democratic Communications Center will
aggressively pioneer Internet outreach, including online news outlets and
blogs. “We will use every tool and innovative avenue available to us to get
our message out,” Reid said. “The Internet is the future, and it is vital to
this new communications project.”

Jim Manley – Staff Director: A seasoned and skilled media operative on
Capitol Hill, Manley will be the Staff Director of the new Senate Democratic
Communications Center (SDCC). Manley oversees the office, message
development and communications strategy for Reid and the Democratic caucus.
For the past 11 years, Manley has served as Press Secretary for Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-MA) and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Prior to the HELP committee, Manley worked for former Senate Majority Leader
George Mitchell (D-ME).

Phil Singer – Communications Director: Singer will handle rapid response and
messaging for Reid and Senate Democrats. Singer has earned widespread praise
for his media savvy, tenacity and know-how, most recently as National
Spokesperson for Kerry-Edwards 2004. Before the Presidential campaign,
Singer spent four years as Communications Director for Sen. Charles Schumer

Tessa Hafen – Press Secretary: Haffen will work alongside Manley and Singer
while also ensuring focus and priority for Nevada and regional media. Hafen,
a native Nevadan, has been essential to Team Reid since she joined six years
ago, most recently as Campaign Press Secretary on his overwhelmingly
successful re-election in Nevada.

Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli – Director of Hispanic Media: Rodriguez joins the
SDCC to focus primarily on outreach to Hispanic media. Rodriguez-Ciampoli
previously headed an aggressive media effort to reach out to Hispanic voters
for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Before that she was Director of Specialty
Media at the Democratic National Committee.

Ari Rabin-Havt – Director of Internet Communications: Rabin-Havt served as
Deputy Director of Internet Communications for John Kerry’s Presidential
race. Before that, he was Executive Dir of Click Back America a project of
the Voter Fund. He has previously worked at Penn Schoen and
Berland and in Representative Ted Strickland’s (OH-6) office.

U.S. Senate Democratic Communications Center
United States Capitol
Room S-318
Washington, DC 20510

Phone #: 202-224-2939
Fax : 202-228-5776


Jim Manley Staff Director
Phil Singer Communications Director
Tessa Hafen Press Secretary
Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli Director of Hispanic Media
Ari Rabin-Havt Director of Internet Communications