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Chicago shuffle in the East Wing: Meet Mrs. O’s high-powered, Soros-friendly bundler-turned-chief of staff

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 16, 2010 10:13 PM


Goodbye, Susan Sher. Hello, Tina Tchen.

Readers of Culture of Corruption are already familiar with the name “Susan Sher.”

Sher is Michelle Obama’s old boss at the University of Chicago Medical Center (where they worked together on the infamous patient-dumping scheme no one wants to talk about) and a former Mayor Richard Daley attorney. She took over as chief of staff for the First Lady in June 2009 — after Mrs. Obama’s first, short-lived chief of staff Jackie Norris was installed at Americorps to protect the Obamas’ cronies.

Earlier today, the White House announced that Sher was stepping down and heading back to the Windy City.

Who’s filling her place?

Another left-wing Chicago crony, of course.

Call it a shakeup or call it a natural turnover halfway through the term, but the White House is preparing for significant change throughout its top ranks. Much of the movement, though, will involve new posts for longtime aides to President Barack Obama.

Among the many moves afoot, Tina Tchen, who is responsible for working with outside groups, is preparing to move to the East Wing to serve as First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, according to two Democrats close to the White House.

It’s part of a shuffle that gives the White House a chance to consider how it wants to organize itself for the coming two years, when it will face a more hostile, more Republican Congress. Interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is studying how to reorganize the place so it is ready for the next stage.

Readers of this blog are already familiar with Tina Tchen, too.

She’s a close pal of Obama consigliere Valerie Jarrett and a longtime bagwoman for Illinois Democrats. Tchen headed up the “Office of Public Engagement,” a murky outfit overseen by Jarrett that, among other things, had its hands in the Obama’s failed Chicago Crony-lympics bid and was in the middle of Obama administration efforts to recruit artists to advance their political agenda.

I pointed out in November 2009 that Tchen, a high-powered campaign finance bundler for Team Obama who personally raised more than $200,000 while a lawyer at Skadden Arps, is listed in White House visitor logs as having met there with none other than…

George Soros.

Flashback:

*GEORGE SOROS. And let there be no doubt that other far Left kingpins have easy access to this White House. Billionaire George Soros dropped in on David Lipton, Obama’s special assistant for international economic affairs and a longtime Treasury bureaucrat in past Democrat administrations whose contact with Soros goes back to at least 1998.

Soros visited Lipton on February 25, just a few days after he made international headlines for statements at Columbia University about the global financial collapse, and again on March 25, the day he was quoted around the world gloating about “having a very good crisis.”

Soros also met with National Economic Council director Larry Summers and Valerie Jarrett’s gal Tina Tchen.

Inquiring minds want to know: Did Petrobras come up?

Tchen’s specialty is serving as a conduit and sounding board for far Left constituencies from Planned Parenthood to Hollyweird to George Soros. They’re digging in their heels at the East Wing, no doubt with West Wing approval and close coordination.

I said before the midterms that the Obamas had no intention of moving to the center. Need any more proof?

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