Jay Carney Chosen As Next White House Press Secretary
Carney, a former reporter and Washington bureau chief for Time magazine who currently serves as chief spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will replace outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The Washington Post reports: "Gibbs is expected to open his own consulting operation and appear on television as a prominent surrogate for the president. He will also be involved in the planning stages of Obama's reelection bid, which will be led by current deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina."
According to The New York Times, Carney was chosen over other candidates, including deputy press secretaries Josh Earnest and Bill Burton, and deputy communications director Jen Psaki. Several other outside advisers were also considered.
The Times reports: "Mr Carney is relatively new to the role of press secretary, but is known for having long-standing relationships with many in the Washington press corps. As Mr. Biden’s chief spokesman, Mr. Carney has been at the center of many of the administration’s public relations efforts during the past two years."
The Obama Administration has undergone several major staff changes in recent weeks, including David Plouffe taking over for the President's top political advisor David Axelrod and Bill Daley become Obama's new chief of staff.
The President will also reportedly name Nancy-Ann DeParle and Alyssa Mastromonaco as deputy chiefs of staff.