WASHINGTON, D.C.—Edelman has named Tony Blankley, former press secretary and advisor to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and editor of The Washington Times editorial page, as executive vice president for global public affairs, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Blankley adds a big political name to an office that experienced the departure of Leslie Dach to take on the senior corporate communications role at Wal-Mart 18 months ago, and more recently the death of Michael Deaver.
Edelman also announced the addition of former U.S. Rep. Anthony “Toby” Moffett (D-Conn.) and Clinton White House environmental advisor Paul Bledsoe as strategic counselors.
“Tony Blankley’s special expertise as a communications and public policy strategist will be of immense value to our clients,” says Rob Rehg, president of Edelman’s Washington office. “For what we do, he’s a perfect fit. For years Tony has thrived at the intersection of politics, media and policy and his broad experience and tested judgment will be invaluable.”
Blankley worked in the Reagan White House for six years as a speechwriter and senior policy analyst. Since leaving public service, he has been a fixture in the national media offering commentary on a wide variety of public policy issues. He is also the author of The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?
Blankley will also be affiliated with The Heritage Foundation as a visiting senior fellow in national security communications.
Moffett represented Connecticut in Congress from 1974 to 1983, serving as a subcommittee chair on the House environment, energy & natural resources committee as well as on the energy and commerce subcommittees on oversight and health. Since leaving Capitol Hill he was a television anchor with an NBC affiliate in Connecticut and a vice president of The Monsanto Company. He remains chairman of recently-formed PLM Group, a joint venture between lobbying firms led by Tony Podesta and Bob Livingston.
Bledsoe will counsel Edelman clients in the areas of the environment and energy policy. Previously, he served as the White House point on climate-change communications for President Clinton. He also served in the Department of Interior under Secretary Bruce Babbitt and as Senate finance committee communications director during the chairmanship of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.