Tony Snow to Step Down September 14th

He’ll be replaced by Dana Perino. Again, he’s citing financial reasons for stepping down. He took a huge paycut when he accepted the position of White House Press Secretary. He was making more money as a radio talk show host but took the position anyway because he thought it was important. Here’s the story from ABC News:

Tony Snow, the highly visible White House press secretary, will leave his job on Sept. 14 and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, an administration official said Friday.

President Bush was to announce the changes during an appearance in the White House briefing room.

Snow, ailing with cancer, had said recently he would leave before the end of Bush’s presidency. The father of three children, Snow said he needs to make more than his White House salary of $168,000. He could earn far more money on the speechmaking circuit.

The 52-year-old Snow was a conservative pundit and syndicated talk-show host on Fox News Radio before he was named press secretary on April 26, 2006. He is the latest in a string of White House officials to head for the exits.

There’s a string of officials heading for the exits because Chief of Staff Josh Bolten made it clear that if White House staff aren’t able to make it all the way to the end of Bush’s term then they are to exit by Labor Day.

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