“Jay brings a high level of professionalism to his relationships with members of the media and a deep working knowledge of key legislative issues,” said Governor Corbett in a press release. “I am pleased to appoint him to this role of communicating the policy objectives of my administration and the important role of meeting the media’s needs.”
It’s the Governor’s ongoing effort to square away his communications team in advance of a tough 2014 re-election year.
Pagni replaces longtime Corbett aide Kevin Harley, who served as the Governor’s spox until leaving the administration in August. Harley went on to GOP consulting firm Quantum Communications.
He is an administration insider. He served Corbett as the Director of Communications in the Office of the Budget, where he controlled communications involving “pension reform and redevelopment assistance.” The new spokesman also racked up sixteen years in media relations as the state Departments of Public Welfare and Health.
In a press release, the Governor’s office called Pagni “integral in messaging surrounding the Governor’s proposed and enacted budget.”
Pagni praised the governor and looks forward to representing the administration before the media.
“Governor Corbett continues to lead Pennsylvania in the areas of financial responsibility by balancing the state budget without raising taxes, developing a plan to provide quality, accessible health care for all Pennsylvanians, reforming government and creating jobs.”