The latest new face on Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s campaign for governor is not actually that new. Beginning today, Derek Slap will move from his position as the mayor’s City Hall spokesman to a new position as communications director of DeStefano’s gubernatorial campaign.
Slap will be replaced in City Hall by Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, who currently serves as the spokeswoman for New Haven Public Schools. Sullivan-DeCarlo had served as DeStefano’s spokeswoman from 1994 to 1998.
Slap had served as DeStefano’s spokesman in City Hall since June 2004. Prior to his involvement in city government, he worked for seven and a half years as a TV news anchor and reporter at News Channel 30 in Hartford.
“I am thrilled that one of our state’s most talented communications minds is joining my campaign team,” DeStefano said in a statement released by the campaign. “I am glad he wants to help us do even more for the state as a whole.”
Slap’s appointment to the campaign follows the addition of another new face, Michele Jacklin, who was recently appointed the campaign’s director of policy and research. Jacklin moved to the campaign from the Hartford Courant, where she had worked as a political columnist and as the paper’s chief political writer.
— Sarah Mishkin