- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Caitlin Conant, formerly of Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, will be joining CBS News as the Washington bureau’s communications director, starting this week, Politico first reported Tuesday.

“Caitlin’s communications and political background will undoubtedly be an asset to our team as we move into the general election and beyond,” Politico quoted CBS News executive Christa Robinson from a staff memo.

A review of her LinkedIn profile shows this to be Mrs. Conant’s first job in the news media, having worked primarily on Capitol Hill or in presidential campaigns since graduating from Notre Dame in 2008.

As a Rubio surrogate, Mrs. Conant appeared on cable TV outlets to promote her candidate and to criticize New York developer Donald Trump, on at least one occasion denouncing him as a “bully.” 

“If you’re terrified that Donald Trump might be the GOP nominee, go out and vote for @marcorubio today!” Mrs. Conant tweeted followers on March 1, the date of numerous crucial primary contests. “He’s the only one who can stop him.”

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign declined to offer comment on the hiring decision.

Speaking on background, a veteran conservative media critic told The Washington Times that he found it odd that the network’s Washington bureau would have its own communications director and noted that it was a “rarity” for campaign flacks to make the jump to executive roles in the news media.

Media Matters for America, a liberal group which critiques the news media, did not reply to a request for comment.

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