A former top aide to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez has emerged as the top candidate to become the new spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, POLITICO reported today.
Matthew Miller served as communications director to Menendez from 2005 to 2007 and was the spokesman for Menendez’s first U.S. Senate campaign in 2006 against Republican Tom Kean, Jr.
Later, served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2006 to 2009 while Menendez served as chairman.
After Barack Obama won the presidency, Miller went to the U.S. Department of Justice as director of public affairs under Attorney General Eric Holder. He was the communications director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in Florida in 2004.
“If the report is true, the Department of State would be getting a top-notch communications professional — one of the best in the business,” said Michael Soliman, Menendez’s top political advisor.
According to POLITICO, Miller would replace Ned Price. He held Secretary of State Anthony Blinken navigate his Senate confirmation hearing.
Miller is currently a partner at Vianovo, a Washington-based firm.