WASHINGTON — One day after announcing his re-election bid, President Obama is staffing up his 2012 campaign, hiring one-time White House communications aide Ben LaBolt to serve as national press secretary.
LaBolt will work out of Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters and manage the press shop at least through the (likely anti-climatic) Democratic primary. Katie Hogan, another former White House communications aide, will join him as deputy press secretary.
A Chicago native, LaBolt has been a longtime fixture in the Obama orbit. He served as a press secretary to then-Senator Obama and was with the 2008 presidential campaign from its onset. While in the White House, he worked predominantly on the Justice Department portfolio though was often handed high-profile issues, such as the BP oil spill and the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees.