WASHINGTON, D.C.—Brunswick Group has hired senior Congressional staffer Anthony Coley as a director in its Washington D.C. office. Coley most recently served as communications director to the late-Senator Edward Kennedy and the Senate's health, education, labor and pensions committee, which Kennedy chaired. He was Kennedy's chief spokesman to national media, and provided strategic communication guidance on committee priorities, including national health care reform.
At Brunswick, Coley will focus on critical communications assignments involving public affairs, issues management, public advocacy and crisis communications.
Coley returned to Capitol Hill in 2008, having spent the previous two years in Trenton, NJ, serving first as Governor Jon Corzine's press secretary and later as his communications directo, during which time he handled two major crises: the one week shutdown of New Jersey state government and Corzine's near-fatal automobile accident. Before moving to New Jersey, Coley was then-Senator Corzine's spokesman in Washington D.C.
A veteran of Capitol Hill, Coley has also served as communications director for U.S. Senator Zell Miller and U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr. During the 2004 election cycle, he was a spokesman and regional communications director for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.