WASHINGTON (CNN) - Leading the White House's effort to get Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmed is Cynthia Hogan, the chief counsel to Vice President Biden, an administration official confirms to CNN.
The Vice President, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Klain, a veteran of previous confirmation fights, are also expected to be heavily involved, the official says. Biden will be talking to his former Senate colleagues and relaying what he is hearing, and will serve the role of internal counselor. Another key person for the White House as it works to shape its message will be Stephanie Cutter, who will be overseeing the communications aspect of the effort.
Unlike the previous administration, this White House is not expected to be appointing a formal "sherpa" - a Washington veteran who helps shepherd the nominee through the Senate process, giving advice about how to conduct courtesy calls with senators and how to avoid possible pitfalls. Instead, besides the White House officials involved, the senior senator from Sotomayor's home state will also be a key person in helping guide her through the process.
"Sen. Schumer is going to play a role in doing that, as somebody who obviously has been around a number of court confirmations," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters tuesday.