Ex-Newsom official drops out of running for OMB director

Ex-Newsom official drops out of running for OMB director
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A former aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE who recently served as chief of staff for California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom Caitlyn Jenner in new campaign video slams California for being No. 1 in regulations, taxes and 'people exiting' California gubernatorial candidate under investigation for 1,000 lb. bear campaign mascot Newsom proposes transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds in California MORE (D) will not join the Biden administration amid speculation she could be the next nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Ann O'Leary, whose name was circulated in February as a potential replacement for Neera TandenNeera TandenFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Manchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' MORE when her nomination was in jeopardy, announced Monday she will join the law firm Jenner & Block, as well as teaching a course at Stanford University and working as a fellow at The Century Foundation.

O'Leary, who announced the moves in a Medium post, acknowledged talk that she was in the running for a role in the Biden administration.


"While it is true that public service is in my veins and I would love to serve my country again at the federal level, where I have landed is exactly where I should be right now," O'Leary wrote.

"I have deep personal and professional respect for President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE, Vice President Harris and White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainNew models for pandemic response can be found in existing agencies Biden sees Trump rematch as real possibility White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 MORE who have built a Cabinet and a Senior White House team that is incredibly diverse and is filled with people who have strong expertise in federal government service to tackle the extraordinary challenges our country is facing," she said.

The announcement takes O'Leary out of the running to lead OMB as the White House has remained tight-lipped about a timeline for announcing Tanden's replacement. Politico reported in late February that O’Leary had privately voiced her belief that she would be qualified for the job should Tanden’s nomination falter.

Tanden withdrew from consideration earlier this month after her path to confirmation appeared blocked, with Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  MORE (D-W.Va.) joining nearly every Republican in signaling his opposition.

With O'Leary out of consideration, focus will likely return to Shalanda Young for the job. She is expected to be confirmed in the coming days as deputy OMB director, and White House officials have said she will be elevated to acting director once that happens.


Young spent the past 14 years as a staffer on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, most recently in the top post of staff director. Young would be the first woman of color to lead OMB if nominated and confirmed.

Top congressional Democrats and even some Republicans have voiced their support for Young should she be nominated for the top job at OMB.

Sources indicated Young is the favorite to get the job, but the Biden administration is facing pressure from lawmakers and outside groups to consider an Asian American or Pacific Islander for the role to boost representation in the administration.

With the withdrawal of Tanden, who is Indian American, the lone Asian American Cabinet official is U.S. Trade Representative Katherine TaiKatherine TaiHow North American trade can restore balance with China Matt Stoller: Biden's support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver marks 'huge loss' for Big Pharma Waiving patents isn't enough — we need technology transfer to defeat COVID MORE. Shootings last week in Atlanta that left several Asian women dead renewed the focus on representation of Asian Americans in the government.