A former deputy White House press secretary in the Biden administration who was terminated for allegedly menacing a journalist has landed a new position, which is attracting attention.
T.J. Ducklo resigned from the administration in February 2021, just one month after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, for allegedly telling then-POLITICO reporter Tara Palmeri “in an off-the-record call that he would “destroy her” over an investigative story into the potential conflict of interest in his relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond,” according to the Daily Wire.
In addition, Ducklo was accused of sexually harassing Palmeri through the use of specific jealously allegations.
According to reports, one of Palmeri’s editors informed the White House about Ducklo’s remarks, which led to discussions with high-ranking officials such as former Press Secretary Jen Psaki and senior advisor Anita Dunn. According to Vanity Fair, White House officials were dissatisfied with Palmeri for disclosing the contents of a private conversation with Ducklo.
The alleged incident occurred one month before Biden’s inauguration. Through a video conference, the new president also warned employees that anyone captured showing disrespect would be fired immediately.
“If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity,” said Biden at the time.
However, the White House only suspended Ducklo in response to the incident. He resigned formally the following day.
Two months later, Ducklo’s tenure in the West Wing came to an end. The Daily Wire added that he swiftly found employment as senior vice president at Risa Heller Communications, a prominent New York-based public relations firm.
Risa Heller, the firm’s proprietor, has shaped public narratives on significant controversies on behalf of numerous notable clients. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), former New York Governor David Paterson, former Representative Anthony Weiner, Harvey Weinstein, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and former CNN President Jeff Zucker are among these individuals.
New York Magazine’s Intelligencer characterized Heller as “the crisis communications warrior of choice for [New York City’s] most cancellable elites.”
After spending a year at Heller’s firm, Ducklo, originally from Nashville, Tenn., took on the role of Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to Nashville Mayor John Cooper. However, in December of the following year, Ducklo found himself embroiled in controversy once more due to his outspokenness. He posted a tweet, which has since been deleted, mocking Metro City Council members who expressed dissatisfaction with a deal involving the Tennessee Titans.
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