Doug HATTAWAY is being considered for “the Jamie Rubin job” at the State Department podium. The president and CEO of Hattaway Communications in Boston had a soothing vibe with Senator Clinton when he traveled with her during the depths of the campaign, and would be a comforting presence as America’s face to the world. Democrats note that as opposed to being a combatant, Hattaway would “stick to the binder” of briefing materials about world hot spots that the briefer has to absorb each day.
Not mentioned in this report is that, as far as I know, Hattaway, if appointed, would be the most prominent federal official to be in a same-sex marriage. Hattaway is married to Jarrett Barrios, the ex-State Senator and current head of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation.
Here’s hoping that Hattaway, if he gets the job, might educate his boss (and her boss as well) about the marriage issue (he might start by explaining how annoying it is that he will not be able to add Jarrett and their two kids to his gold-plated federal benefits). If so, his appointment could benefit more than the State Department.