Obama Re-Elect Appoints PA Press Secretary

Jennifer Austin takes the reins today as the Pennsylvania press secretary for President Obama's re-election campaign, fresh from a posting as senior communications advisor in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington.

Austin was a field organizer and then a regional director of field operations in the 2008 Obama campaign, work which included responsibilities in Pennsylvania.

One of her first tasks may well be pushback against legislation that the majority Republicans are moving in Harrisburg to apportion the state's electoral votes by congressional district, rather than under a winner-take-all system. (Just guessing.)

Anyway, Austin has an interesting background for a political spox. Before signing up with Team Hope-n-Change, she spent a year in Uganda as an environmental journalist for the national daily newspaper, and 18 months with the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, working on communications, grants management and logistics. Austin studied environmental science, public policy and international affairs at Princeton University.

Welcome, Jennifer! Pennsylvania should be hopping, as always in presidential cycles.