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Story Last modified at 10:23 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Palin selects Chugiak resident as spokesman

JUNEAU EMPIRE

The turnover continues in Gov. Sarah Palin’s public relations staff, with her top spokesman, Bill McAllister, forced out after less than a year in the position.

She replaced McAllister with Chugiak resident and author of Christian books, David Murrow.

McAllister moved to a newly created position as communications director of the Department of Law.

Murrow began the job June 10 and is paid $103,716 annually.

The governor’s office has not publicly announced the new appointment, and has been slow to announce the hiring of the last three communications directors.

Murrow told the Alaska Budget Report that he owned a media production company that once did work for a Palin campaign, and is also author of two books on Christian men and church.

In his first book, “Why Men Hate Church,” published in 2004, “Murrow advocates injecting a strong shot of testosterone into the proceedings to restore the masculine spirit to the church,” according to the American Library Association’s Booklist.

In 2008, he published “How Women Help Men Find God.”

Murrow is Palin’s fourth communications director, following McAllister, Rosanne Hughes and Meg Stapleton. Hughes remains in Palin’s communications office as director of external communications, while Stapleton is now working for Palin’s political action committee.

Deputy Press Secretary Sharon Leighow remains in the office, while two other deputy press secretaries have departed; Beth Leschper is now handling communications duties for the Department of Labor, and Charles Fedullo has returned to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, July 2, 2009.