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    Daschle pushed Hindery for Obama job

    Tom Daschle backed the patron who paid him a million-dollar salary and supplied him with a free car and driver for a job inside the Obama administration, two Democrats said Monday.

    Leo Hindery, whose InterMedia Partners employed the former Senate majority leader, had been mentioned as a possible secretary of commerce or U.S. trade representative.

    "Tom was pushing for him," said one Democratic source.

    Obama's aides rejected Daschle's suggestion that a top job go to Hindery, for whose private equity fund Daschle had served as a rainmaker and adviser.

    Jenny Backus, who has been helping to shepherd Daschle through his confirmation process for the administration, declined to comment on discussions about a job for Hindery.

    But the news that Daschle did not pay taxes on the imputed income for the car and driver has put the spotlight on Hindery, a blustery, left-leaning mogul with an office in Chrysler Building, a table at the Four Seasons, and a passion for race cars, who has styled himself as organized labor’s Robert Rubin.
    Hindery, though, was also in the top rung of donors: He personally contributed more than $1 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under Daschle's leadership.

    He also backed Edwards far beyond almost any other donor. Campaign finance records show that he underwrote private jet travel for Edwards’ 2008 campaign, a campaign finance loophole that has been since closed. A former aide said Hindery paid the bulk of Elizabeth Edwards’ travel expenses.
    Daschle pushed Hindery for Obama job - Ben Smith and Eamon Javers - Politico.com

    Might this be the real reason Daschle dropped out?
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    Re: Daschle pushed Hindery for Obama job

    Q: Was the White House at any level considering Leo Hindrey as a possible Commerce Secretary throughout this process as recommended by Tom Daschle?

    GIBBS: The president nominated a Commerce Secretary today, Senator Judd Gregg, who we believe will serve with distinction and shares the president's view on getting our economy moving again. I don't know, I have no news on that or no information on that. Again the President has made a selection for that position today announced that selection and we look forward to his speedy confirmation.
    Ben Smith's Blog: No answer on Hindery - Politico.com
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    Re: Daschle pushed Hindery for Obama job

    Why would anyone with a brain listen to Tom Daschle?
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