Well, bless my soul, rock and roll, looks like the good folks at Levick have acquired Purple Nation Solutions, the keystone communications firm founded by crisis manager maven Lanny Davis and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. Levick decided to become Purple Nation people eaters because “their approach perfectly embodies Levick’s view of how to build consensus and communicate trust,” Levick President Mark Irion said in a statement announcing the acquisition.
Davis will become Levick’s executive vice president, Steele will become senior strategist on state and local issues and Purple Nation Chief Communications Officer Eleanor McManus, previously of CNN fame, will become senior vice president.
Davis, who made his bones as a fixer for the Clinton White House in the 1990s, continues to be a man in demand because politicians and companies seem incapable of following his simple “guiding principle,” which he’s offered time and time again, for free, including in his book last year “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping With Crises in Business, Politics and Life.” Here they are again, for those keeping score at home: “Tell it all, tell it early, tell it yourself.”
But don’t worry, as long as there’s a bridge or an intern, or a Twitter account and a public official nearby, such advice will likely be disregarded.
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