Anita Dunn Heads to the White House
Anita Dunn, a Democratic media consultant and senior adviser to President Barack Obama during the fall campaign, has been named the interim communications director at the White House, according to several sources familiar with the decision.
Dunn replaces Ellen Moran, who left recently to become chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Dunn was Obama's first choice to serve as communications director but initially took a pass due to family considerations. Her acceptance of the job -- even on an interim basis -- shows how hard it is to say "no" to the president twice.
Dunn's ties to Obama extend back to 2004 when she was the lead consultant for wealthy businessman Blair Hull, the initial frontrunner in the race to replace retiring Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R).
Hull's candidacy imploded in the final days before the primary when sealed divorce records were made public, a collapse that opened the door for a come-from-behind victory by a state Senator named Barack Obama.
In the spring of 2006, Dunn was recruited to help run Obama's Hopefund leadership PAC thanks to her ties to Obama chief of staff Pete Rouse among others. She remained an adviser to Obama and, during the heat of the fall campaign, was among the most powerful and influential strategists within his inner circle.
Dunn joins a bevy of former aides to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in the White House including her deputy -- Dan Pfeiffer -- as well as Rouse.
April 30, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
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