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New hire suggests strategy shift for pro-coal alliance

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New hire suggests strategy shift for pro-coal alliance

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

SEATTLE, Wash. – A pro-coal alliance has a new spokeswoman after firing its former one.

Alliance for Northwest Jobs spokeswoman Lauri Hennessey was fired after being secretly recorded at a coal conference this fall.

Seattle Times reporter Brian Rosenthal covered the story.

He tells KGMI that Hennessey called the Puget Sound area “so weird” and revealed that an executive once scolded her for telling a Seattle journalist that coal companies are concerned about climate change.

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Rosenthal says the person they have hired to replace Hennessey, Mariana Parks, has ties to conservative groups and lawmakers.

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Rosenthal writes that the switch may signal a change for the alliance, but Parks dismisses any suggestion of a strategy shift.