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Tangherlini To The White House?

Is city Administrator Dan Tangherlini jumping from 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue to 1600 Pennsylvania?

Former colleagues say they have received calls from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which vets candidates for the Obama administration. No word on what he might do, but Tangherlini knows his way around local and federal government, working earlier in his career at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and in the Policy Office of the US Secretary of Transportation.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who lured Tangherlini from Metro back to District government, was coy in an interview today. "The only comment I can make...we always let them (the Obama administration) take the lead," he said.

Was that a yes? D.C. Wire asked.

"I know what yes sounds like," Fenty said.

So no?

Fenty would not disclose whether he has talked to the Obama administration or the FBI about Tangherlini. He said he talks to federal authorities often. "I'm not at liberty to comment on any of our conversations," Fenty said.

Before Tangherlini took a job as Fenty's right hand, he was the interim general manager of Metro. He's also worked as a chief financial officer for the D.C. police and director of the District Department of Transportation.

D.C. Wire is still awaiting a call from Tangherlini. Mayoral spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said she would run the report by him.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 14, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
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Obama, not Dan, take Fenty!!! Better yet, TAKE THEM BOTH!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 15, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

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