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Gov. DeSantis hires new external affairs director

By: - June 10, 2019 5:50 pm
State Capitol

The 2021 Florida Legislature convenes March 2 under COVID-19 restrictions. Here, the working Capitol appears behind the Historic Capitol Museum. Credit: Colin Hackley

Mara Gambineri, communications director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will replace Justin Caporale as director of external affairs for Gov. Ron DeSantis, supervising advance work for his public appearances.

Meredith Beatrice, deputy communications chief to the governor, confirmed the hire Monday following a report about the personnel move by Florida Politics.

Caporale, a veteran both of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and DeSantis’ campaign for governor last year, left his administration position on Friday. He was among five staffers “voluntarily terminated,” as DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré told the news website at the time. Like Ferré, Caporale was one of a number of former Trump aides who joined the DeSantis administration. Beside his campaign work, he was special assistant to Trump and operations director for First Lady Melania Trump.

Gambineri has held her position at DEP since January. Earlier, she worked in former Gov. Rick Scott’s communications office and held positions in various state agencies dating to 2012. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Florida State University.

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal.