Gov. Rick Scott's new chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth continues to re-shape the inner workings of the governor's office with the latest announcement today from Lane Wright, press secretary for the governor, announcing he will be leaving his post to go to work at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Wright will be replaced by deputy press secretary, Jackie Schutz.
Arriving is Tom Yu, former Director of Research for the Republican National Committee, who will work on research and writing for the governor. Yu has been a producer and researcher for Mary Matalin and first worked as an intern for former U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) and the NRCC in the 1994 cycle.
Wright's departure follows that of Brian Burgess, who left the governor's office in September, to become spokesman for the Republican Party of Florida.
Burgess was replaced by Hollingsworth recruit, Melissa Sellers, a veteran of Louisianna Gov. Bobby Jindal's communications staff who also most recently worked at the Republican National Convention.
In a note to his colleagues on Monday, Wright wrote:
It is time for me to say goodbye (or at least, ‘see you around’).
Serving Governor Scott as his press secretary has been the greatest honor, and greatest thrill, of my professional life so far. I can’t believe how fortunate I have been. And I can’t express how grateful I am.
Starting Monday, I’ll be exploring a new role with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the governor and promoting his efforts to help people get a great education and get a job.
I have been so impressed with the caliber of people this governor has been able to draw around him. I have loved getting to know you and hope our friendship can continue as we all move forward.
Please take down my personal number and email address and don’t hesitate to call or write.
I wish you the best,