Chatter at the White House is that the two leading possibilities to replace domestic policy chief Melody Barnes, who’s leaving at the end of the year, are intergovernmental affairs director Cecilia Munoz and Bruce Reed, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.
Munoz, at the White House since the beginning, was a long-time civil rights activist and a former top official at the National Council of La Raza. She’s been a key liaison for the administration with Latinos, a critical voting bloc that’s been increasingly upset over Obama’s immigration policies.
Reed, who headed the Democratic Leadership Council, had the DPC portfolio in the Clinton administration, back when Obama National Economic Council chief Gene Sperling was in charge of Clinton’s National Economic Council. If Reed gets the DPC job again, they’d be next-door-neighbors in the northeast corner of the second floor of the West Wing. (Kind of deja vu all over again.)
Speaking of personnel moves...
“Farewell Langley, Hello Chicago!” our e-mail said. The exodus of Obama appointees to the 2012 campaign continues. Marie Harf, now working in the CIA press shop, is leaving Tuesday to head for the Windy City to be the campaign’s associate policy director for national security. Her departure e-mail even praised the beat reporters, calling them “extraordinary.” Well, she’s got a fine jump-shot.
Elsewhere, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has tapped Rene Bardof, former executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, named for the ABC newsman critically wounded in Iraq, to be deputy assistant secretary of defense for community relations. Her portfolio includes working with military families, wounded warriors and veterans groups.