Eliot Cutler hires Angus King’s spokeswoman to manage media

Eliot Cutler’s gubernatorial campaign has hired experienced political operative Crystal Canney to be his campaign’s spokeswoman.

Canney, who until now worked for independent U.S. Sen. Angus King, will be in charge of communications including media relations, messaging, strategy and social media. Canney, a former television journalist in Maine, said part of the reason she is joining Cutler is because he is a political independent.

“As an independent, he is not bound to one party or another,” said Canney in a press release. “Instead, he can choose his cabinet from both sides of the aisle. After spending the last year in Washington, I saw firsthand that non-partisan independence is desperately needed. The partisan bickering serves no one. The political games are a detriment to the people and it’s time to take our democracy back and put the special interests aside.”

Operating outside political gridlock has been a theme of former Gov. King’s so far short stint in the summer and promises to be a focus of Cutler, who faces incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in the 2014 race.

Canney was a journalist for more than 20 years before becoming former Gov. John Baldacci’s communications director in 2005. Canney has worked on two referendum campaigns, including on the opposing side of the so-called Tabor II initiative in 2009.

Canney, an Old Town native, holds a degree in communication and political science from Emerson College in Boston.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.