A team of rivals
Some hard-core supporters of Barack Obama are getting annoyed that early plums being handed out by the incoming administration are going to Hillary Clinton backers.
Chief-of-staff-to-be Rahm Emmanuel, attorney general designate Eric Holder and possible budget chief Peter Orszag all had high-ranking positions in the Clinton administration. And then there’s Clinton herself, who could become Obama’s secretary of state.
The angst is trickling down to Maryland, where many of the Marylanders getting involved in Obama-land didn’t work particularly hard to get the Illinois senator elected, or worked for Hillary during the primaries.
Transition team member Gary Gensler, the former treasurer of the Maryland Democratic Party, was a big Hillary backer. Susan Ness, former FCC member and a Montgomery County resident also on the transition squad, was a bundler for Hillary. Alan H. Fleischmann, a transition aide, was chief of staff to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who endorsed Clinton. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown endorsed Clinton, and is now reviewing veterans issues for the transition.
As one observer said during a recent discussion: “This is not a team of rivals; this is the rival’s team.”