April 25, 2006
Bush picks Fox’s Snow as press secretary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has picked Fox News
Radio host Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary and
is expected to announce the choice as early as Wednesday, a
Republican official said on Tuesday night.
Snow will replace Scott McClellan, who announced his
resignation last week as part of a staff shake-up engineered by
new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten aimed at reviving
the decision for several days on whether to take the grueling
job. A former speechwriter for former President George Bush, he
was treated for colon cancer last year.
Fox News said on its website Snow was given a clean bill of
health by his oncologist Tuesday, following a CAT scan and
other tests that were undertaken last Thursday.
He was said to have been waiting for the all-clear from his
doctors before accepting the job.
A conservative pundit, Snow, 50, has been host of Fox News
Radio's "The Tony Snow Show" and for a time was anchor of the
"Fox News Sunday" program.
The Washington Post said Snow decided to accept after top
officials assured him he would not be just a spokesman but an
active participant in administration policy debates.
The Post quoted sources as saying Snow views himself as
well-positioned to ease the tensions between the Bush White
House and the press corps because he understands both politics
Bolten has embarked on a shake-up of Bush's senior staff in
a drive to breathe new life into Bush's presidency and rebound
from job approval ratings that, according to a CNN poll, have
dipped to an all-time low of 32 percent.
Last week, in addition to McClellan's resignation, the
shake-up led to senior Bush political adviser Karl Rove giving
up his day-to-day policy role to focus on helping Republicans
retain control of both houses of the U.S. Congress in November
Snow, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, will represent a rare
case in which a Washington journalist takes over as the White
House spokesman. The job will come with a pay cut, down to
about $161,000 a year.