Cutter to White House for Court Fight
Stephanie Cutter, counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is leaving that post to join the White House team as it prepares to shepherd President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court to confirmation, according to sources familiar with the move.
Cutter will serve as an adviser to the president, helping to coordinate the Supreme Court nomination process -- a role similar to what Steve Schmidt played during the confirmations of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. During those confirmations, Cutter helped head up Democratic messaging on the nominees.
Cutter is a veteran Democratic campaign operative, having served as Sen. John Kerry's chief spokeswoman during the 2004 presidential campaign as well as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and a senior adviser to the candidate during the 2008 race. She has also spent considerable time on Capitol Hill as a senior adviser to Sen. Ted Kennedy (Mass.)
A Supreme Court pick could come as early as this week although Obama and his inner circle of advisers have kept tight-lipped about both the timing of the pick and his or her identity.
May 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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