Head of the "New Democrats," DADT repeal proponent and friend of Wall Street bankers Ellen Tauscher has been tapped to go to work for Hillary Clinton as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

From Al Kamen at the WaPo 44 blog:

Word is that Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on strategic forces and a staunch superdelegate for presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, is in line for a top post at the State Department, most likely for the undersecretary for arms control and nonproliferation slot.

It had been widely reported that highly regarded arms control guru Robert Einhorn, who had been assistant secretary for arms control in the Clinton administration, was penciled in to move up to that post, but we’re hearing he has turned it down for personal reasons. And Secretary of State Clinton did, after all, win the California primary.

Einhorn will likely be named to a senior adviser position on nonproliferation matters 

The Contra Costa Times offers this:

Tauscher was a supporter of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year. The State Department post requires Senate confirmation.

Tauscher, 57, chairs the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on strategic forces. She also is head of the New Democrats, a centrist group of House Democrats.

A former investment banker, Tauscher was elected last fall to a seventh House term. If she is confirmed for the State Department job, her district, which includes several towns between Oakland and Sacramento, would hold a special election to fill the seat.

This is exciting news for Democrats, of the old and New variety.

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Teddy Partridge

Teddy Partridge