Gov. Scott names Monica Russell Director of Cabinet Affairs; John Tupps as Deputy Comms.; Jeri Bustamante as Press Secretary

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In a continuing post-election staff shakeup, Gov. Rick Scott announced three significant changes in his communications office.

Former Scott Deputy Communications Director Monica Russell moves over to become director of Cabinet affairs; Press Secretary John Tupps is now deputy communications director; Jeri Bustamante, press secretary for Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, will become Scott’s new press secretary.

All positions are effective December 1.

“Tupps has been a tireless advocate for our mission to become the number one job creator in the world.  Monica and Jeri both did an excellent job on my campaign,” Scott said in an announcement Tuesday. “They are all focused on our work to make Florida the best place in the world to raise a family and live the American Dream.”

As press secretary for Lopez-Cantera during the re-election campaign, Bustamante assisted with Hispanic media outreach. Prior to that, Bustamante served as communications specialist at the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office as well as an associate producer at FOX affiliate WSVN in Miami.

Russell served most recently as surrogates director and operations manager for Lopez-Cantera during the re-election campaign. Before that, she was deputy communications director in the Governor’s Office. From 2013-2014, Russell worked as communications director for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. She began her public service career as a partner at North Public Relations and vice president of government and community affairs for the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

A member of Scott’s Executive Office since February 2011, Tupps worked in a variety of roles, including most recently press secretary. Originally from Knoxville TN, Tupps was a radio producer for South Central Radio Group.

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