By JAKE SHERMAN
Patrick O’Connor, a veteran Washington reporter, is joining the CGCN Group to launch a strategic communications division.
CGCN Group – one of the most prominent GOP lobbying shops in D.C. – is launching the arm to help generate and shape stories for its more than 50 lobbying clients.
“We’ve wanted to add a communications practice for years but needed the right person to head it up. No one knows the media quite like a former reporter,” said Sam Geduldig, a partner in the firm who was a House Republican leadership staffer. “Patrick was always at the top of our list because he’s so respected by his peers and the politicians he covered.”
CGCN, which also recently added former top House Republican leadership staffer John Stipicevic to its team, is following in line with a growing trend in D.C. With Congress increasingly stagnant, lobbying firms are not only waging war on Capitol Hill, but also in the press. CGCN has grown exponentially since Republicans took over Congress in 2010. It boasts clients like 21st Century Fox, Microsoft, MasterCard and Boeing.
O’Connor has been at the Wall Street Journal since 2010, covering Congress and national politics. He was one of the first reporters hired by POLITICO, and was one of the lead reporters covering Democrats’ battle to pass an overhaul of the nation’s health care laws early in Barack Obama’s first term. He worked at Bloomberg News before joining the Journal.
“Patrick is the complete pro,” said Wall Street Journal bureau chief Jerry Seib. “Smart, analytical, well-liked, well-sourced. He has the total package for a political reporter, and we’ll really miss him. But I also understand that those very same attributes make him attractive in his new life as well.”