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Two New Assistants Named by President

February 20, 1987|United Press International

WASHINGTON — President Reagan brought his senior staff back to strength Thursday with the appointment of two new aides.

The White House announced that Reagan had picked Frank J. Donatelli to become his political director and John O. Koehler to assume the job of communications director.

Donatelli, 37, a Washington lawyer well known in conservative circles, served in the first-term Reagan White House as a deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison. He succeeds Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., who resigned earlier this month, effective March 1.

Koehler, 56, a former executive for the Associated Press, replaces Patrick J. Buchanan, who also resigned effective March 1. Koehler is currently an adviser to Charles Z. Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency. Donatelli and Koehler will rank as assistants to the President.

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