Bush to Tap Tony Snow, Fox News
As His Press Secretary
AP/Wall Street Journal 25apr2005
WASHINGTON — The White House tomorrow is expected to name Fox News anchor and former presidential speechwriter Tony Snow as press secretary, Republican officials said Tuesday night.
Mr. Snow will replace Scott McClellan, who is stepping down after three years as President Bush's chief spokesman, as the White House continues an overhaul intended to re-energize Mr. Bush's presidency.
Mr. Snow, a Fox News commentator and a White House speechwriter for the former President Bush, has written and spoken frequently about the current president — not always in a complimentary way. While Mr. Snow is an experienced Washington hand, he isn't among the president's core of advisers.
The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, circulated unflattering observations by Mr. Snow about the president. "His [Bush's] wavering conservatism has become an active concern among Republicans, who wish he would stop cowering under the bed and start fighting back against the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Wilson," Mr. Snow wrote last November after Republicans failed to win the governor's race in Virginia. "The newly passive George Bush has become something of an embarrassment."
Last month, Mr. Snow wrote that the president and Republicans in Congress had "lost control of the federal budget and cannot resist the temptation to stop raiding" the treasury. In an interview earlier Tuesday, Mr. Snow said, "It's public record. I've written some critical stuff. When you're a columnist, you're going to criticize and you're going to praise."
In the interview, Mr. Snow declined to say whether he had been offered the White House job. Republicans close to the White House said the press secretary's job had been offered to Mr. Snow and that he had accepted.
Mr. Snow, who hosts the "Tony Snow Show" on Fox News Radio and "Weekend Live with Tony Snow on the Fox News Channel, served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as White House speechwriting director and later as a deputy assistant to the president for media affairs. He will be the latest new face at the White House. Last week, Mr. Bush picked one of his administration's rising stars, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, to run the White House budget office, boosting hopes for spending and tax cuts but lowering expectations of a global trade deal this year. The president also named a Portman deputy, Susan Schwab, as the top U.S. trade negotiator.
The moves are aimed at helping the White House address a pressing need: re-establishing traction on Capitol Hill after missteps that have riled many Republican allies. Mr. Portman also had been considered a candidate for Treasury secretary if John Snow leaves that post, as has been speculated. The White House is thought to have weighed potential Snow successors, including a number of Wall Street executives and corporate CEOs, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Portman is likely to become a more visible spokesman for the administration than his predecessor, Josh Bolten, who moved up to chief of staff. Public advocacy of the administration's economic policies is another area where the White House believes it needs help.
—Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon and Greg Hitt contributed to this article.
Tony Snow Bio
Tony Snow is the host of The Tony Snow Show, syndicated nationally on Fox News Radio, and Weekend Live With Tony Snow on Fox News Channel. He served as the originating host of Fox News Sunday from 1996 to 2003.
Snow also has a long history in print journalism, with stints at the Greensboro Record (1979-81), The Virginian-Pilot (1981-82), The Daily Press in Newport News, Va. (1982-84), The Detroit News (1984-87, 1993-2000) and The Washington Times (1987-90). Snow also wrote a syndicated column for Creators Syndicate between 1993 and 2000.
Snow won numerous awards during his print career, including citations from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and Gannett. Snow took a two-year sabbatical from journalism to serve in the White House of George H.W. Bush, first as director of speechwriting and later as deputy assistant to the president for media affairs.
Snow received a B.A. in journalism from Davidson College and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. His varied career also includes service as an advocate for the Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled and as a teacher in Kenya and Cincinnati -- in subjects ranging from East African Geography to calculus. He is an avid musician (he plays guitars, alto sax, tenor sax, flute and alto flute). He plays in a cover band, "Beats Workin'" and has played publicly with a number of bona fide rock stars, including his friends Skunk Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
Snow and his wife Jill, have been married since 1987. They have three children and a shifting band of domestic animals -- which now includes three dogs, a cat and a guinea pig.
source: http://www.townhall.com/opinion/contributors/tonysnow.html 25apr2006