January 22nd, 2009
04:49 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama-world begins shake-up of DNC

Kaine took over as party chairman on Wednesday.
Kaine took over as party chairman on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration began its expected shake-up of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, as staff members learned that every department and job at the organization will be subject to a review over the next four weeks.

At a full staff meeting of the DNC, executive director Tom McMahon introduced his successor, Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, who walked staff members through what they can expect in the next month, according to a person present at the meeting.

The staff will be asked to resign by the end of February, but will have the chance to say if they’d like to remain on board.  It's the same transition process that's been undertaken at the DNC after every political changeover since 1992.

O'Malley Dillon was received "warmly," according to the meeting attendee, and she welcomed input from staff as the new leadership figures out the new party structure.

She was joined at the meeting by two other Obama campaign veterans - Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird - who are expected to have leadership roles at the party under the new White House.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine took over as chairman yesterday, replacing Howard Dean - a sainted figure among the DNC's rank-and-file. Some party members are concerned that the popular 50-state strategy will be re-tooled under Kaine, but O'Malley Dillon promised Thursday that the program is here to stay.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ernie in LA

    "Democrats not in lockstep with Obama."

    January 22, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Amy Pa

    Rush Limbaugh is hoping Obama (and America) will fail. Young Conservatives for the Destruction of Our Country were yelling that "one day of Obama was enough" …. calling for violence against the President? Inciting the great unwashed to commit random acts of hatred? Rush Limbaugh Is a Racist and a Hater and all his followers

    January 22, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    Alice Newman Center Harbor NH, isn't this so reminiscent of Sarah Palin and Mccain during their campaign. These Repubs care nothing for the damage they do this nation as well the danger thee y place our new president. Like it or not..... he is OUR President! Over 86% seem to liking it! :)

    January 22, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Pat J

    Alice Newman Center Harbor NH January 22nd, 2009 6:42 pm ET

    … and with all the intelligent things that could be commented on Dopey has to comment on someone's personal appearance … I'd ask how shallow can Obama-haters can get but the answer could be scary!
    Rush Limbaugh is hoping Obama (and America) will fail. Young Conservatives for the Destruction of Our Country were yelling that "one day of Obama was enough" …. calling for violence against the President? Inciting the great unwashed to commit random acts of hatred?
    Commenting on someone's appearance is just so …. Republican …-----------

    Do you actually have ANY idea of what YOU are talking about? I surely don't.

    January 22, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Kay

    I agree regarding ed henry. His impartiality is very evident. Also, we had enough ot the "smirks" from Bush the past eight years when he was not being sincere. We don't need them from a reporter. If he can't report news without showing his bias with that "smirk" of his then he should be replaced.
    I must say there are a couple of other CNN reporters and commentators who also show their impartiality very often with the same type of "smirk" (or should I say laughing smile!!!) How can anyone know for sure what they are reporting/commenting on is the absolute meaning of what happened when they come across as being so insincere????

    January 22, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Perusing-Through

    The 50-State strategy makes sense as long as you have the people, resources, and money to pull it off.

    President Obama raised $750-million to win the White House, plus a number of Senators and Congressman road Obama’s coattail into Washington D.C. The DNC raised less than $180-million during that same time frame. The DNC should have raised twice as much as Obama considering the disastrous 8-years "Bush-Cheney-Rove" delivered; but they raised less than a quarter of what Obama raised.

    January 22, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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