The Skinny: Meg adds on

Looks like the Romney campaign is getting another communications guru. Sarah Pompei, former spokeswoman for the state Republican Party, is returning from D.C. to work as Whitman’s press secretary. She joins a team with a lot of communications pros including McCain veteran Tucker Bounds, Mitch Zak, Rob Stutzman and former Mercury News reporter Mary Anne Ostrom…  As a side show, Capitol reporters were treated to a flame war between the Schwarzenegger administration and the speaker’s office Tuesday. After Assembly Speaker Karen Bass refused to attend a Big 5 meeting earlier in the week, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Bass’ “boycott” was not helpful. That led the speaker’s spokeswoman, Shannon Murphy to send out “A little record straightening after Aaron McLear’s briefing” to those on the Speaker’s mailing list.” Staying off buses in Montgomery to bring down Jim Crow is a boycott.  Missing a photo op to prop up Arnold Schwarzenegger is not.  As the Speaker has said, she will attend any and all Big 5 meetings that focus on solving the deficit immediately,” the e-mail stated. Then things got ugly. Remembering an earlier attack from McLear on Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, Murphy wrote, “I guess when your arguments don’t hold water you resort to insulting the intelligence of women lawmakers.” Oh, it is on now…

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