Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend Resigns
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This post, written by Paddy, originally appeared on Cliff Schecter's Blog
Just now on air on MSNBC. Looking for more.
Homeland security aide leaving White House
Frances Fragos Townsend, President Bush's homeland security adviser, will announce Monday that she's leaving the White House, a senior administration official told Politico.
"It's an important job and she was good at it," the official said. "She will stay until her successor is identified, which is immensely helpful."
Townsend, the assssistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, was one of the president's most valued and trusted advisers, with a phone on her desk connecting her to No. 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister's office.
A former mob prosecutor from Manhattan, Townsend was put in charge of the White House's "lessons learned" inquest after the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
Now, I may be overwrought, but when I see "Manhattan", "Mob" and "Prosecutor" all in one sentence, my Giuliani bell goes off. Hmmm.