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Clinton Names Staff, Holds to Short List of Priorities

January 15, 1993|DAVID LAUTER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

As expected, Clinton's chief campaign spokesman, George Stephanopoulos, will become White House communications director. Campaign Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers will keep that title in the White House but is expected to have a lower profile than Bush's press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater.

Mark D. Gearan, a former aide to ex-Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis who became close to Clinton through work for the Democratic Governors' Assn., will be deputy White House chief of staff.

That job had been widely expected to go to Harold Ickes, a New York lawyer and Clinton friend. But Ickes asked Clinton to take his name out of consideration earlier this week after reports surfaced about legal work he had done for a New York union, many of whose officers have ties to organized crime. Ickes has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Filling Out the Staff

President-elect Bill Clinton filled numerous White House jobs Wednesday, including: * Press secretary: Campaign Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers becomes the first woman to hold the post. * Communications director: George Stephanopoulos, Clinton's transition spokesman. * White House deputy chief of staff: Mark D. Gearan, a senior campaign aide and transition deputy director. * Assistant to the President and senior adviser: Arkansas attorney Bruce Lindsey, one of Clinton's closest associates, will also serve as director of the White House Office of Personnel. * Assistant to the President for domestic policy: Carol Rasco, a longtime aide. * Deputy assistant to the President for economic policy: Gene Sperling, campaign economic policy adviser. * Assistant to the President for national service: Eli Segal, campaign chief of staff. Source: Times wire reports

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