More Clinton Retreads Join Obama's Team
President-Elect Obama is filling his transition teams with more and more Clinton
Administration retreads, according to the leftist Mother Jones magazine.
Mother Jones notes the following individuals who will be making key personnel decisions on
his transition teams:
- Reed Hundt, who headed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Bill Clinton.
- Tom Donilon, who was assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the Clinton
Administration. Donilon was also general counsel and executive vice president at Fannie
Mae. ABC reported on November 17, 2008 that *
Donilon was involved* in a Fannie Mae lobbying activity designed to undermine a probe
into this firm's accounting procedures, according to a 2006 government report.
- Sarah Sewall is leading Obama's national security team. She currently works at the John
F. Kennedy School of Government where she researches the "ethics of fighting
insurgencies and terrorism." In the Clinton Administration, Sewall worked as
assistant secretary of defense for peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. Sewall
focuses on facilitating dialogue between the military and human rights organizations on
the use of force. * Sewall also crafted the Army and Marine's new counterinsurgency war
fighting field manual.* She believes that "the military focus in
counterinsurgency is protecting the civilian; the civilian is the center of gravity."
- Clark Kent Ervin currently heads the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute.
He was a Bush appointee and served as Inspector General at the Department of Homeland
Security - and issued reports criticizing mismanagement and security problems. He will
oversee a review of the Department of Homeland Security employees. The Aspen Institute was
once known as the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. A discussion of humanism is
available in Josh McDowell and Don Stewart's book, * Handbook of Today's Religions.
- Rand Beers worked on counterterrorism for the National Security Council in the Clinton
and Bush II Administrations.
- Thomas Perez is head of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. He
was a federal prosecutor in the Clinton Adminstration in the civil rights division.
- Theodore Shaw is president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Shaw is part
of the Department of Justice transition team. * Shaw testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee* against the
confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito - a judge Traditional Values Coalition
strongly supported for his views on judicial restraint.
- Spencer Overton is a professor at George Washington University law school. He is author
of Stealing Democracy: The Politics of Voter Suppression. He criticizes election
district boundaries and English-only ballots. He calls for "removing redistricting
power from self-interested partisans." Overton's * web site urges
voters to work with the NAACP, ACLU, and ACORN* - the organization engaged in massive
voter fraud in 2008. Overton will lead the team assessing the Election Assistance
- Pamela Gilbert is former executive director of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
under the Clinton Administration. She will be reviewing the CPSC for Obama.
- Bill Corr heads the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and leading the evaluation of the
Department of Health and Human Services. He was former senior staffer to Clinton HHS
Secretary Donna Shalala and former staffer with Tom Daschle.
Xavier de Souza Briggs* is an associate professor of sociology and urban planning at
MIT. Briggs and open lesbian Roberta Achtenberg will be reviewing the Department of
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