Janet Napolitano's Former Spokeswoman, Jeanine L'Ecuyer, Lands At Public Affairs Firm

Jeanine L'Ecuyer, former Governor Janet Napolitano's spokeswoman, has been hired at at a local lobbying and public affairs firm that represents mining interests, Magellan Health Services and Arizona State University.

We figured L'Ecuyer would end up with some cushy Washington D.C. with Napolitano, like corrections department director Dora Schriro got. But with her background, L'Ecuyer seems to be in the right place.

The firm, Ziemba Waid, is a relatively new kid on the block started by Tom Ziemba, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, and David Waid, former state Democratic Party chairman, according to its Web site. Because of its failed effort on the TIME transportation initiative and the success of Republican lawmakers in the most recent election in Arizona, a recent analysis of public affairs firms' in the Phoenix Business Journal planted the firm squarely in the "losers" category.

The firm has had some success, though. For instance, when the Environmental Protection Agency wanted to declare the entire Arizona town of Hayden a Superfund site, Ziemba Waid made sure that didn't happen.

L'Ecuyer is a former TV journalist and spokesman for Sky Harbor airport. She was a veteran of Napolitano's staff, taking the job as the governor's director of communications in late 2004 after serving as deputy chief of staff.

"No one knows Arizona press better than Jeanine," wrote David Waid in a news release about L'Ecuyer. "But her knowledge and reach also extend into the regional and national press that she worked so well for Governor Napolitano."

We tried to reach L'Ecuyer at the firm today but were told she hasn't started yet. 

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.