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Palmieri, former Edwards spokeswoman, new White House comm director

The staff shuffling at the White House has resulted in a promotion for Jennifer Palmieri, known among local politicos for her role in John Edwards presidential campaign and her testimony at his trial last year.

Palmieri will become White House communications director, replacing Dan Pfeiffer, who will become a senior adviser, according to The Washington Post. Palmieri has been serving as deputy communications director.

Palmieri, who also served in the Bill Clinton White House, was Edwards' campaign spokeswoman.

Last spring, she testified at the trial into whether or not Edwards broke campaign finance laws by using donations to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter.

Palmieri testified that when the story about Edwards' affair broke in the National Enquirer, she told him, "If it's true, don't think you're going to survive this."

It was testimony that bolstered prosecutors' argument that Edwards built his campaign on his family-man image and that money spent to shield his image were campaign expenses.


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