The Republican Party-associated PR firm Russo Marsh and Rogers (RM&R) has been busy in Iraq, promoting Move America Forward's recent "Truth Tour" of right-wing radio hosts there and preparing a campaign for the Kurdish Regional Government. RM&R principal Joe Wierzbicki told journalist Bill Berkowitz that his firm's Kurdish campaign "will thank the American people for supporting the war in Iraq, and encourage Americans to visit and invest in the Kurdish region." Wierzbicki said RM&R is "not advocating an independent Kurdistan," but "the Kurds would like the rest of the country to look at the Kurdish region and see it as a model" for Iraq. The Kurdish campaign will likely be a short-term effort, including television and print ads, that will start in late summer or early fall. "It's important to recognize that the Kurds are not hostile to the West," Wierzbicki added.
By Diane Farsetta on August 11, 2005