To that end, several political appointees under Whitman have been putting out feelers for jobs in the private sector or up on Capitol Hill. “We think she’s gone after election day,” says another EPA-er. “She hasn’t said anything definitive, but you just get the sense that she is looking to get out of town.”
According to a White House source, no Cabinet-level official is expected to leave the administration before the November mid-term elections. Although mounting pressure for President Bush to jettison Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill could change that.
“If O’Neill walks, it’s because O’Neill walks. He’s his own man, but he’s not going to leave the administration at a time when it’s vulnerable. The only way he leaves is if the president asks him, and we don’t expect that to happen,” says a Treasury Department staffer.
As well, there are rumblings inside the White House and across the river at the Pentagon that should Ari Fleischer step down as White House Press Secretary, Rumsfeld flack Torie Clark would be in line to replace him. But Pentagon sources say that Clark has her eye on the press secretary job at Homeland Security once it is up and running as a cabinet position.p> CROSSING THE LINE br> When a local restaurant union in Washington, D.C. was picketing area power lunching spots a few years ago, prominent Democrats would avoid crossing the pickets to dine. But that doesn’t mean they sacrificed their steak and red wine for the cause — they’d just make their reservations for later, when the pickets were on break before the dinner rush. One well-known Democratic political consultant would call ahead to his regular restaurant each day to make sure the pickets had left. Lunch just doesn’t taste the same if you’ve had to cross a picket line to grab it. /p>
Democrats have always had a thing for unions, especially their money and their voting power in the Rust Belt and in California. But that doesn’t mean they always “look for the union label” or don’t Democrats love a bargain like everyone else. Take the Democratic National Committee’s site selection committee for the 2004 convention. Sure, it spent time in Detroit, New York and Boston, talked about how important it was that the party be in a “union town.” But then it traveled to Miami, where it stayed in a nonunion hotel, ate at nonunion restaurants, danced the night away at nonunion nightclubs, and were wowed by the American Airlines Arena, a nonunion hall where the convention might be held.
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