Ardo to Thompson’s office

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s office has sent out a press release this morning announcing its new communications director: former Rendell press secretary Chuck Ardo.

Thompson, as you may recall, advertised the position on Craigslist earlier this year. Her staff has experienced an unusual amount of turnover for a first-year executive, and Ardo will be her third communications director.

Ardo left the Rendell Administration about a year ago, and had been working for the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

UPDATE: Ardo’s one-time nemesis, House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin, has this to say: “We all know Chuck as thick skin. This proves it.”

UPDATE 2: Ardo weighs in with this comment, via email. “The Mayor needs to concentrate on the pressing issues facing the city without the added burden of searching for staff. I was local and available to step in quickly. My expecation is merely to do the best I can to inform the public.”

Here’s the release:



HARRISBURG: Mayor Linda Thompson today announced that Chuck Ardo has agreed to join her team as Communications Director.  Ardo is a former spokesman for Governor Ed Rendell and served in multiple communications roles in several states prior to his days is Harrisburg. He will begin his new job on Monday morning.

“I am excited to have Chuck on board,” said Mayor Thompson.” He is already familiar with most of the issues and has an established relationship with key players as well as the press. I’m confident he will be as successful in his new role as he has been in so many others.  I appreciate his willingness to come out of retirement to serve the Administration.”


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Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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