Anita Dunn, a senior adviser on Barack Obama’s campaign has been named the president’s interim communications director, a White House official said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior adviser on Barack Obama’s campaign has been named the president’s interim communications director, a White House official said Thursday.
Anita Dunn, a veteran Democratic media consultant, is to take over duties from Ellen Moran, according to the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the position had not been announced. Moran is leaving the post to become chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Dunn previously resisted Obama’s overtures to be on his team, choosing to play a more informal adviser role from outside the White House. But Obama turned to Dunn once again after Moran decided to step down to take a job she says will be a better personal and professional fit.
Among the responsibilities of the communication chief’s job are crafting media events and amplifying the White House’s message on every aspect of Obama’s agenda.
Dunn, a one-time adviser to Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and former Sens. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., joined Obama’s inner circle early in 2008 and played a prominent role in his general election campaign.
With long ties to top Obama aides and a relationship with the president himself, Dunn also is likely to play a more high-profile role in the White House than has Moran, an Obama newcomer who didn’t serve on the campaign.