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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mayor Murray Replaces His Press Secretary

Posted by on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

This is a little inside baseball, but Mayor Ed Murray has just announced that his press secretary, Rosalind Brazel, is out. People have practically been counting down the days till this announcement ever since Brazel authored that infamous press release mourning the death of a local figure who was still very much alive. In January, Brazel also accidentally sent an internal e-mail discussing two different potential press statements to the entire press corps.

While it was plenty embarrassing on its own, that premature RIP was made much worse since it came at the end of a very bad week for Murray—he'd just faced serious criticism of his and his police chief's handling of police discipline and been taken to task for replacing a popular city director.

But an accidental reply-all and a press release she was surely directed by someone else to send out—they look bad, but they aren't substantively bad. If he'd been having a good week, maybe it would have been a funny joke everyone could still laugh about. Instead, he'd just made real policy decisions that the public disapproved of, which is not the fault of his press secretary. This move feels like Murray recognizing that he may need to try starting over fresh, but he'd be wise to remember that it's the substance, not the name attached to the e-mails, that actually matters to people.

For now, the spokeswoman for the city's IT department, Megan Coppersmith, will act as an interim press secretary, while Brazel moves to work on internal communications.


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seatackled 1
Here's hoping the City Council will allocate funds to double the salary for the new press secretary, since high salaries are what get you quality people.
Posted by seatackled on March 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Murray shoots the messenger.
Posted by DOUG. on March 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
fletc3her 3
Finally, the citywide nightmare is over! Now, if they only fix that typo at City Hall we can all start breathing again.
Posted by fletc3her on March 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM · Report this
The Beady Eyes of Mayor Ed Murray 4
Did you guys hear my eyes talking on kexp this morning with that famous morning guy? My tiny eye teeth and tiny eye tongues and tiny eye lips sure flapped a lot about that Superbowl parade.

Member that? When I waved to you all with my tiny eye hands?
Posted by The Beady Eyes of Mayor Ed Murray on March 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Rearranging the deck chairs for better Feng Shui
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
"This move feels like Murray recognizing that he may need to try starting over fresh"

Starting over fresh... three months in a tenure?

Good Grief!
Posted by Mike McGinn on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Don't you mean "very bad month for Murray" if you're talking about something that occurred at the end of February ?

And I'm not sure that it's a bad decision to replace someone who made such gaffes at such a high salary. Maybe you guys would have preferred we held on to Matt Hasselbeck too.
Posted by ChefJoe on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
"since high salaries are what get you quality people."

Not in gub'ment.
Posted by Sugartit on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM · Report this
seattlestew 9
"... while Brazel moves to work on internal communications."

Wait, didn't she already screw that one up?
Posted by seattlestew on March 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
MrBaker 10
And then there all the fucking crybabies that are still unhappy that McGinn lost.
Posted by MrBaker on March 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM · Report this
very bad homo 11
Seattle needs to start over fresh.
Posted by very bad homo on March 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 12
@10, yes, apparently we were living in paradise when McGinn was Mayor of Seattle.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Murray's got challenges far deeper than this press secretary, and this move may be fancy window dressing - OTOH two significant (and publicly embarrassing) mistakes in the first month of employment are reason enough to move someone out of a public-facing position.

Sounds like Brazel will still be working on communications, she just won't be responsible for contacting external stakeholders. Sounds like a good choice.
Posted by genevieve on March 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
McGinn can always run for District 6 of the City Council if he wants to... I'm sure O'Brien and his near-neighbor Licata won't mind the competition.
Posted by ChefJoe on March 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Brazel's contributions to the Murray administration were, in the words of her epic Jim Diers obit press release, "unmeasurable."
Posted by Montlakist on March 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this

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