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Former Cain Spokeswoman Takes Job With Idaho Congressman

Herman Cain's former campaign spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael is the new communications director for Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador. Image via @ellencarmichael/Twitter
Herman Cain's former campaign spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael is the new communications director for Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador. Image via @ellencarmichael/Twitter

The former spokeswoman for Herman Cain's presidential campaign has taken a job with a freshman congressman from Idaho. Republican Representative Raúl Labrador announced Tuesday he's hired Ellen Carmichael to be his communications director.

Ellen Carmichael said in a statement she welcomed the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. for what she called an "unwavering conservative." Congressman Labrador represents Idaho's 1st district, which spans the entire length of the state's western flank.

Carmichael was most recently the chief spokeswoman and communications director for GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain. Here she is speaking on the campaign's online "CainCast" before the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Florida.

"The 9-9-9 plan is really picking up steam, we're seeing it all over the Internet, folks are really growing to embrace the plan."

But just as Cain's poll numbers surged last month, Carmichael left the campaign.

The former spokeswoman said she was too busy in her new job for an interview. But she told the Idaho Statesman's politics blog that her departure from the campaign had nothing to do with recent allegations of sexual harassment against Cain. Those allegations, which date back to the late '90s, were made public this weekend.

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On the Web:

Idaho Statesman politics blog post

http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/11/01/idahopolitics/idahos_labrador_hires_cains_exspokewoman_she_says_shift_unrelate

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Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.