Big Collateral Damage at AT&T

attends the grand opening of the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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CNBC just reported that AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson is calling hiring Michael Cohen a “big mistake. They are also reporting that their Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Bob Quinn, is ‘retiring’. That long title means head of their DC office, where lobbying and all government-facing activities are run out of. Here’s the critical backstory. Jim Cicconi, Quinn’s predecessor, had been in that position for about a decade and was a real player in the DC/Government Relations world. He only left about a year and a half ago. In other words, Quinn just showed up and now he’s out, apparently as fallout from the Michael Cohen debacle.

Remember. Everyone who gets near Trump gets damaged.

What is especially notable, brutal is that this seems to have been one of Quinn’s first major decisions in the job. Quinn began in the post in October 2016. Our best evidence suggests that Cohen was signed up very early in 2017 – probably in January or February. Turns out to have been a bad decision.

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