Personnel note: Vern Buchanan taps Chloe Conboy as press secretary
Chloe Conboy

Chloe Conboy
She replaces Anthony Cruz, who moves to the White House.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has promoted field representative Chloe Conboy to press secretary for his congressional office.

She replaces Anthony Cruz, who just took on a job in the White House communications office.

“I know firsthand the importance of the issues Congressman Buchanan has championed, from protecting the environment to fighting for veterans and senior citizens,” Conboy said.

Up until now, Conboy worked in the Republican Congressman’s Sarasota office, where she has worked since November of 2018.

Buchanan praised the Bradenton native as “a remarkably talented individual who understands our region and is dedicated to public service.”

Before working for Buchanan, Conboy worked as a digital content producer at ABC-7 WWSB. In the job, she gained some on-air experience along with running all social media platforms for the news outlet.

Ironically, she worked at the news station with now-Congressional candidate Alan Cohn, who is running against Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

Buchanan, notably, also faces a critical election this year, with Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good challenging him.

Manatee County residents likely also recognize her surname as her grandfather, Anthony Conboy, worked for years as a sports columnist for the Bradenton Herald.

Buchanan’s office stressed Conboy’s long-time ties to the region as a Manatee High School graduate who earned degrees at State College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

“To become the press secretary for my hometown congressman is truly an honor,” she said.

Cruz, who previously worked as deputy press secretary for Sen. Marco Rubio, took a job handling regional communications in the West and Hispanic media outreach for the White House.

He also worked as communications director for New York Rep. Dan Donovan before taking over communications for Buchanan. The New York native and University of Pennsylvania graduate has long specialized in Spanish-language outreach.

He’s now worked for Republican elected officials in the House, Senate and the White House.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    September 21, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Phew. Buchanan’s press secretary has taken a job at the White House communications office? Does that mean he will be an acting writer of Drumpf’s tweets? Can’t these people find real jobs?

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