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10/12/2012 02:04 pm ET

David Chalian, Journalist Fired For Romney Hot Mic Comments, Joins Politico

David Chalian — the journalist who was fired after his controversial hot-mic comments about Mitt Romney — has landed at Politico.

Chalian lost his job as Yahoo News' Washington bureau chief during the Republican National Convention, when he was heard joking in an ABC News video that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were "not concerned at all" and "happy to have a party with black people drowning." He appeared to have been referring to Hurricane Isaac making its way across the Gulf Coast while the convention convened in Tampa.

On Friday, Politico announced that he will join the site as vice-president of video programming. Editor-in-chief John Harris said, "David screwed up, admitted he screwed up and paid the price of losing his job for screwing up."

Numerous journalists, including Gwen Ifill, spoke out in support of Chalian in the wake of his firing in August. Sam Donaldson also told The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone that the situation was "regrettable," and that Chalian was not, in his opinion, "damaged goods."

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