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Speechwriters for Clinton

Sources tell The Cable that Lissa Muscatine will head the speechwriting shop for Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Muscatine previously served as a speechwriter and communications director for then First Lady Clinton and as a speechwriter during Clinton’s Democratic presidential primary campaign. Also expected to join the secretary of state’s four-person speechwriting shop is Tomicah ...

Sources tell The Cable that Lissa Muscatine will head the speechwriting shop for Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Muscatine previously served as a speechwriter and communications director for then First Lady Clinton and as a speechwriter during Clinton's Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Also expected to join the secretary of state's four-person speechwriting shop is Tomicah Tillemann. Currently, Tillemann handles European issues for the Democratic staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillemann, the grandson of late chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Lantos, declined to comment.

Politico reports on other key Clinton staff positioned for jobs at Foggy Bottom:  

Sources tell The Cable that Lissa Muscatine will head the speechwriting shop for Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Muscatine previously served as a speechwriter and communications director for then First Lady Clinton and as a speechwriter during Clinton’s Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Also expected to join the secretary of state’s four-person speechwriting shop is Tomicah Tillemann. Currently, Tillemann handles European issues for the Democratic staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillemann, the grandson of late chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Lantos, declined to comment.

Politico reports on other key Clinton staff positioned for jobs at Foggy Bottom:  

Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton’s general counsel and played a major role in post-campaign operations, is likely to be named Clinton’s chief of staff, sources tell Politico. Clinton campaign aides credit Mills with helping to "bring order" to the Clinton campaign last year. … 

Capricia Marshall, the director of HillPac and a former social secretary in the Clinton White House, is expected to be tapped as the head of protocol, sources say, but will likely move over to State only after Clinton’s campaign debt is paid off.

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s traveling chief of staff and "body woman" on the presidential campaign, will also continue to play a senior advising role at State, sources say. …

Senate staffers who have landed at Foggy Bottom already include Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime Senate spokesman and senior adviser; Andrew Shapiro, a legislative aide with expertise in foreign affairs; Lona Valmoro, Clinton’s scheduler and senior adviser; and Lauren Jiloty, Clinton’s executive assistant.

Campaign staffers who are following the former first lady to State include Caroline Adler, who worked in Clinton’s communications shop; Ali Rubin, Marshall’s assistant; and Corley Kenna, a campaign researcher.

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.

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