Newsom’s Selection of Ballard to Replace Ragone is Smart Choice

by Randy Shaw on February 28, 2007

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made the right move shifting his discredited communication director Peter Ragone to an unspecified role in his re-election campaign, and picked a solid replacement in Nathan Ballard. We previously wrote that Ragone’s public description of the Mayor as a liar should have caused his firing, and few will be sorry to see him go. I met Ballard when he was working for the Kimiko Burton campaign. He displays a professional demeanor required of a mayoral spokesperson. Unlike Ragone, Ballard understands that he is not the star of the show. He will not get involved in the high-profile antics of his predecessor, and will likely help repair Newsom’s strained relations with the media.

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