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Tim Kaine email announcing staff changes

Dear Member,

On this second anniversary of President Obama's inauguration, we can take stock of all that Democrats have accomplished over the last two years. As DNC members, we have played an important role in the successes of Democrats in rescuing our economy and creating jobs, enacting the most significant legislative agenda in a generation including health care reform, ending the war in Iraq, promoting opportunity and eliminating noxious forms of discrimination, and restoring America's standing in the world.

The important achievements of the year-end Congressional session give us hope that we can continue to move America forward. We can also be proud that our President responded to the terrible tragedy in Arizona in a way that comforted those directly affected by the tragedy and inspired the nation with his challenge that we all seek to fulfill the expectations of Christina Taylor Green, the remarkable 9-year old aspiring public servant who died waiting to meet her Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.

At this important time, we continue to hope for and work for a better America. Looking ahead to the next two years, I wanted to let you know about some transitions that will occur at the DNC and in the Democratic family as we pursue national success, Presidential success, and Democratic success.

In making these transitions, I am pleased with the vital role that our DNC will play throughout the 2011 and 2012 election cycles, both advancing the President's agenda and keeping our Democratic Party strong. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you as DNC Chairman as we pursue our mission together.

As will be reported today, President Obama will be putting together a re-election team and his 2012 campaign will be based in Chicago starting in March or April of this year.

David Axelrod and Jim Messina will be leaving the White House to begin work on the re-election campaign once it is formed. David Plouffe, who managed the President's 2008 campaign, is now working at the White House as Senior Advisor to the President.

Of more direct impact on the DNC's day-to-day operations will be the transition of our Executive Director, Jen O'Malley Dillon, who will be leaving us sometime after our February DNC meeting and will become a Deputy Campaign manager when the re-election campaign is formed. Jen will be working directly with Jim Messina and will have as part of her portfolio being a liaison from the re-election campaign to the DNC.

Jen has had a very important role here at the DNC and I wanted to make sure that we continue to have strong leadership in our Executive Director position. Therefore, I am pleased to let you know that Patrick Gaspard will be coming to us from the White House to join us as our new DNC Executive Director upon Jen's departure.

I would like to share with you why I'm so excited that Patrick will be joining us at the DNC.

Most importantly, Patrick Gaspard is a great person. He is a key Assistant to President Obama, having served as the Political Director of the White House for the last two years and before that as Political Director to President Obama's campaign. He understands the importance of grassroots politics and team building. He is someone with whom I have worked closely and I look forward to working with him even more closely at the DNC. Many of you already know Patrick and I'm excited that he will be bringing his leadership skills to his new role as our Executive Director.

I hope you'll join me in making Patrick feel welcome as part of our DNC team.

Working together, I am confident that we can protect the progress of the past two years, achieve important electoral victories in 2011 and 2012, and build on the accomplishments of President Obama's administration, Congressional Democrats, and Democratic elected officials throughout our great nation.

I look forward to seeing you at our February meeting in Washington, D.C., and thank you again for all you have done and will continue doing to make our Democratic Party stronger.

Governor Tim Kaine


By Greg Sargent  | January 20, 2011; 1:08 PM ET
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