Senior White House Advisor Dan Pfeiffer is leaving this month and it’s probably no surprise to anyone that, instead of taking a cushy job in the private sector, lobbying for his pet causes and writing op-ed after op-ed touting his “White House experience” as evidence of his trustworthiness, he’s chosen to follow a path most trod by alumni of the Obama Administration: the media. Starting this week, Dan Pfeiffer will join CNN as a “contributor.”
Dan Pfeiffer, a long-time top aide to President Barack Obama, is joining CNN as a contributor, network president Jeff Zucker announced Monday. The 39-year-old Pfeiffer is a Wilmington, Delaware, native and a graduate of Georgetown University.
His first presidential campaign role came in a communications post for then-Vice President Al Gore’s unsuccessful 2000 campaign. He then worked for the Democratic Governors Association and later Sens. Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle and then Evan Bayh’s brief 2008 presidential campaign.
He left his post as the White House’s senior adviser for strategy and communications in March as one of Obama’s longest-tenured strategists.
Of course, a “contributor” role is only part time, and less egregious than a hosting gig. Most networks reserve those slots for those with less experience and more personality. Pfeiffer is mostly a communications guy, so more than likely he’ll be on occasionally to give his impressions of how well the Obama Administration is handling its issues. My guess? He’ll say they’re doing pretty well.