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Clinton Veterans Tapped for Enviro Transition Oversight

By Philip Rucker
David Hayes, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Interior under Clinton, has been tapped to oversee President-elect Barack Obama's transition at the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, according to a source close to the transition.

He will join a host of other former Clinton administration officials on the Obama team. Carol Browner, President Clinton's EPA administrator, was named yesterday to Obama's transition committee, where she will have a broader portfolio.

As Obama looks to fill White House positions dealing with environmental policies, he could tap Hayes or Jason Grumet, who headed the Obama campaign's environmental and energy policy committee and serves as president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Other former Clinton officials said to be helping Obama's transition at environmental and energy agencies include: John Leshy, former solicitor at Interior; Donald J. Barry, former assistant secretary of fish, wildlife and parks at Interior; David B. Sandalow, former assistant secretary of state for oceans, environment and science; and Frank E. Loy, former under secretary of state for global affairs.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 6, 2008; 1:36 PM ET
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I would like to see Carol Browner back as administrator but she is probably doing bigger and better things Many people don't realize that EPA a relatively small agency with a tiny budget compared to the rest rest of the Federal govt.). Kathleen McGinty did a terrific job as head of the White Council on Environmental Quality under Clinton and would be another great choice as EPA administrator. Obama really needs to make EPA a cabinet level position to attract top talent like Browner or McGinty.

Posted by: piney342 | November 7, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

It wouldn't bother me at all if Obama brought in all the old Clinton people. They knew how to run a country and we need all the competent leaders we can get. Hire them all back! Robert Rubin, Leon Pannetta,Carol Browner, Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright, even Lawrence Summers...

Posted by: graciejane4 | November 6, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Man, the grapes are SOUR tonight!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 6, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama will make sure to keep Hillary Clinton out of sight and just parade her out for PR purposes. She is just a Democratic dog on his leash and he will certainly beat her sorely if she misbehaves - it is the Democratic way!

Posted by: mgd1 | November 6, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Did President Select Obama get this approved with Chairwoman Pelosi?

Posted by: johnlloydscharf | November 6, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

So much for "change". It looks like the entire Clinton administration is going back to the West Wing. Maybe even Monica will be back as an intern.

That's just more of the same.

I voted against the Clintons, and thought my guy won. We don't need the Clinton hit squad back playing the Democratic version of Karl Rove.

Posted by: thuff7 | November 6, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It is encouraging that people like Carol Browner, who is knowledgable and committed to making a real difference in the world, are being tapped to help the President-elect develop his policies and his administration.

Posted by: peterdc | November 6, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse


Ensuring the civil liberties of all Americans, weeding out prejudice, and reversing policies and practices that violate the U.S. Constitution must be a top priority of the new administration.

The free ride for the forces of hate and extremism, hiding behind bureaucratic programs originally constructed to "keep America safe," must come to a quick end.

One of the first executive orders of the new administration should be sensitivity training for all federal personnel, and a mandatory refresher course on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

All federal departments should be screened for policies and ongoing operations that are violating the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and liberties of American citizens.

All laws and executive orders implemented over the past eight years should be subject to immediate review to determine whether their provisions comport with spirit and letter of the Constitution.

Also, it might be a good idea on Day One for the Obama administration to commission an independent, trusted entity to sweep all government offices, as well as private residences of key officials, for electronic surveillance devices.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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