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Sterling Sperling and Cool Corr

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Anyone who knows anything about DC knows that the political appointments immediately below the Cabinet Secretaries are absolutely key to getting anything done.   Well, OOTS says that two of the first are first-rate!

Add another experienced, talented, caring member to the Obama economic team. Gene Sperling  is renowned for his long hours and strong commitment, especially to poor children here and abroad. His work recently on international education is one example of this, but so is his Clinton era work on urban issues and the working poor. OOTS thinks that, as a counselor in the Treasury Department, Gene will have a great chance to be an important advocate for sound caring policies that expand opportunity for all Americans.

Another great Obama appointment is Bill Corr  to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services under Tom Daschle.  Corr was formerly executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.   He۪s been heading up the transition team working on HHS, so he۪ll be able to hit the ground running, come January 20th.  OOTS believes this is great news for anyone who cares about the well-being of disadvantaged kids and families. Corr has heavy creds nothing “lite”  about his experiences or commitment:  he joined Tobacco-Free in 2000 after 23 years in Congress and the executive branch, including stints as senior staffer to former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), a close Obama counselor.  Before his career on Capitol Hill, Corr directed community-run primary health care centers in the Appalachian Mountain area of Tennessee and Kentucky.                                                               

Posted by Mike

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