Transition Trail Mix
By Chris Cillizza
It may be Sunday morning, but with only 65 days left before President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president, his transition team continues to move with all "deliberate haste" to fill key senior jobs in the White House.
* The transition announced this morning that Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff, will become a senior adviser to the president. Rouse is a longtime senior aide to former senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), for whom he worked on Capitol Hill for nearly two decades.
* Jim Messina, another Hill veteran, will serve as a deputy chief of staff in the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the Obama campaign in mid-June, Messina served as chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Messina has also run a number of campaigns, including Baucus's 1996 and 2002 re-election bids. Messina is currently the director of personnel for the transition.
* Mona Sutphen was also named a deputy chief of staff this morning -- bringing a long and deep foreign policy resume to the new White House. Sutphen was a foreign service officer during the 1990s and served on the White House Security Council from 1998 to 2000.
* Rumors swirled Saturday night that Greg Craig, a long-time Washington lawyer, had been chosen as White House counsel. Mike Allen of Politico had the news first; the Obama transition team was not commenting on or confirming the report as of late last night.
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November 16, 2008; 9:11 AM ET
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