Sarah Isgur, a Republican political adviser whose hiring as a politics editor at CNN drew backlash from media critics and CNN staffers alike, will now take on the role of political analyst. Isgur tweeted the news on Friday, almost two weeks after CNN first announced her controversial hiring. “I will go to CNN as a Political Analyst instead,” Isgur tweeted. “Will start next month on air and on line.” The network confirmed in a statement that “when Sarah came to us and proposed her role be adjusted to a political analyst instead, we agreed and we look forward to her starting in that role.” CNN staffers were upset and confused about the network’s decision to hire Isgur, who had alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Throughout her decade-long career in Republican politics, Isgur served as an adviser to Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. She was also Carly Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Republican primary, and until last year, was a top spokesperson for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice.
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