Obama Re-Election Behind Him, Burton Joins Consulting Firm

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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, on June 21, 2010.

Former White House aide Bill Burton is joining the Global Strategy Group as executive vice president in its Washington office.  Burton is co-founder and senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, a super-political action committee that helped re-elect the president.

Burton has “a deep understanding of the communications and political landscapes in Washington,” said Jon Silvan, the consulting group’s chief executive officer.

Silvan’s clients have included Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who was re-elected in November along with Obama. Another member of the firm, Stephen Sigmund, served as New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s communications director.

In Washington, Burton will be reunited with Jim Papa, Obama’s former special assistant for legislative affairs. Papa was also a senior adviser to Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, when he served in the U.S. House. Burton worked for Emanuel at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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