Judd Everhart is out as Rell's chief spokesman. Chris Cooper, who twice served as the top press aide to Gov. John G. Rowland, is in.
Anna Ficeto is taking over as the governor's legal counsel, a sensitive post that has been vacant since the resignation of Kevin Rasch in July.
Ficeto, 42, most recently was deputy to M. Lisa Moody, the governor's chief of staff, longtime confidant and most influential adviser.
Cooper, 54, will be Rell's third press secretary in less than three years. Despite Rell's high approval ratings and personal popularity, Moody frequently has been dissatisfied with the gubernatorial press office since Rell took office July 1, 2004, after Rowland's resignation. (Pazniokas)
It's worth noting that Rell is apparently re-arranging her staff on Moody's say-so. Ficeto, the new legal counsel, was Moody's deputy, and Moody was "dissatisfied" with the way Everhart was running things.
So why Cooper? He worked as Rowland's press secretary until 2003, when he was fired as part of a reshuffling intended to distract from the governor's mounting troubles. He was a registered Democrat, and may still be. He became Rowland's spokesman again during the twilight of his administration in April of 2004, when Dean Pagani left. Basically, he's a guy with a long history in the Rowland administration, although he hasn't been tainted with the scandal that brought the governor down. Apparently, this is what Moody wants--and she gets what she wants.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Changing Of Guard On Rell's Watch." Hartford Courant 8 December, 2006.