Obama Campaign Secured PR Firm To Represent Wright & TUCC
David Axelrod from the Obama Campaign announced they had asked a PR firm to advise Trinity United Church of Christ and Jeremiah Wright.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:
The backfire potential of Wright having any sort of a public profile at this point seems obvious.
I asked the church about the prospects of Wright further wounding Obama’s candidacy, and I was e-mailed material about the divinity conference.
When the uproar over Wright started, Obama chief strategist David Axelrod asked his friends at Jasculca Terman — a public affairs firm — to advise Trinity on how to handle the crush of media coverage, and they did, pro bono. Jim Terman, the president of the firm, said, “We were not asked to provide our advice about the reported speech of Rev. Wright in Washington” and did not know about it until it was scheduled.
Axelrod confirms that he called Jim Terman, the president of Jasculca-Terman and Associates, a major Chicago P.R. outfit that specializes in doing crisis P.R. management for corporations and large institutions.
“I called Jim Terman and asked if they were interested in helping out and they followed up with the church,” Axelrod emails, adding that his involvement ended there.
Terman himself confirmed that Axelrod had asked him to help Trinity — and confirmed that his firm was currently doing pro bono work on the beleagured church’s behalf.
“Trinity is a well respected institution in this town, though you wouldn’t believe it from the national press,” Terman said, adding that he has known Axelrod for 25 years. “David was interested in helping the church — the guy he’s working for happens to be a member of the church.”
Say Anything had more on this in an earlier post.
Related News… Wright said during the Moyer’s interview that his words were taken out of context. FOX News, however, posted video of Wright’s sermons and are asking if criticism of Wright’s fiery sermons was “unfair” and “devious,” as he argued in the PBS interview.