The former communication director for Gov. Bill Walker has a new gig and a new scene: Grace Jang starts next week as the communications director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Jang was a television news anchor up until the 2014 General Election, when she jumped over to become the communication director for Walker. Later, she also took on the title of deputy chief of staff. She is a close associate of Scott Kendall, Walker’s former chief of staff who is leading the recall campaign against Gov. Michael Dunleavy.
Murkowski’s chairmanship of the Senate Natural Resources Committee ends in one year. Thus, the communication job has a shelf life of up to 12 months, as a new chairman will bring in his or her own staff.
As a Bill Walker alumnus, Jang opened up a communications consultancy focused on crisis communications.
The job she takes in Washington pays unusually well, over $171,000 per year. The most recent communication director for the committee was Nicole Daigle, who left in May of 2019. Robert Dillon, longtime Alaska journalist, held the position prior to Daigle.
Jang handled the meltdown of the Walker Administration. As journalists started asking too many questions, she asked them to back off and give the administration time to grieve after the resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
Her crisis communication skills may come in handy in Washington during the coming election year, when a lot of turmoil is brewing, although Murkowski herself is not up for reelection until 2022.
LISA MURKOWSKI, DONALD TRUMP IN THE HEADLINES
A Washington Post White House reporter quoted President Donald Trump at a GOP event in Washington at the Trump International Hotel on Thursday.
Trump asked if Sen. Lisa Murkowski was there, but she was not.
“She hates me. I kind of like her but she really doesn’t like me. We do so much for Alaska you’d think we’d get her vote for something one of these days,” the president told the crowded ballroom.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given the President some advice about surviving a Senate trial, according to Fox News’ Ed Henry:
“Forget about Ukraine. Talk to Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, McConnell said, about her energy plan, instead of talking about Ukraine. Make her important on these issues. And stop talking about Ukraine. Focus on policy. She’s a swing vote. Somebody who could turn against the president. She was a swing vote on Kavanaugh.”