After six years as a spokesman for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, most recently as deputy chief of staff, Washington and Lee alumnus Brian McClung, of the Class of 1995, has left that position to start his own public relations company, McClung Communications and Public Affairs, L.L.C., in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
As a column in MinnPost.com, noted, “Six years is a long time for a press secretary to survive in the intense modern world of politics and media. Most reporters have had their ups and downs with McClung, which is true for any governor’s press secretary, but he generally maintained good humor with us.”
In addition to the new PR firm, Brian will also direct MN Forward, a new political fund backed by the heads of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership. On his LinkedIn page, Brian describes MN Forward as “working with a broad coalition of Minnesota job creators to elect candidates from both parties who support policies that enhance job growth in Minnesota.”
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press quoted Brian in its story of his move, “This really has been a dream job for me in many ways. “There’s really nothing I can complain about. I had an incredible boss and got to work with some smart reporters.”