Sarah Feinberg to Bloomberg
By Anne E. Kornblut
Sarah Feinberg, a longtime top adviser to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is leaving to take a senior position at Bloomberg News, the company announced Wednesday.
Her departure leaves a significant vacuum in the Emanuel orbit. A communications adviser who has played gatekeeper to Emanuel for many years, Feinberg has managed many of his day-to-day operations in certain policy areas, including the H1N1 flu, economic issues and, most recently, the mining disaster in West Virginia. She has worked for Emanuel for more than five years, starting with him at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in early 2005.
But her move does not signal anything about Emanuel's own plans, despite earlier reports he might be eyeing the exits, senior administration officials said.
Emanuel said he was losing a "close friend."
"It's like losing a member of the family," Emanuel said. "On the other hand, she's going to do a great job at Bloomberg." Asked how he would manage without her, he replied: "It's a question I've asked myself many times."
Feinberg, 32, is married to White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. Her new role will include leading the Bloomberg company's communications strategy in Washington. It is unrelated to the political work of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who started the firm and is its majority shareholder but is not involved in the day-to-day operations.
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