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Rahm Emanuel’s right-hand woman leaves White House for Bloomberg

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      Jon Ward covers the White House and national politics for The Daily Caller. He covered the last two years of George W. Bush's presidency and the first year of Barack Obama's presidency for The Washington Times. Prior to moving to national politics, Jon worked for the Times' city desk and bureaus in Virginia and Maryland, covering local news and politics, including the D.C. sniper shootings and subsequent trial, before moving to state politics in Maryland. He and his wife have two children and live on Capitol Hill. || <a href="mailto:jw@dailycaller.com">Email Jon</a>

Sarah Feinberg, a longtime aide to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is leaving the Obama administration to work for Bloomberg, the global data and news company announced Wednesday.

Feinberg’s departure raises fresh questions about how much longer Emanuel, who has been a target for criticism from the left, will stay at the White House.

Despite much speculation in recent months about an imminent exit by Emanuel, sources inside the White House recently told The Daily Caller that the former congressman from Illinois plans to stay through the end of 2010.

Feinberg, who is married to White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, has worked for Emanuel since 2005, when she did press and communications for him at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

During the last five years, Feinberg has been a constant presence at Emanuel’s side. After Emanuel left Congress to work for President Obama, Feinberg became a central player in a communications hub established by Emanuel that functioned somewhat independently of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Bloomberg’s press release said Feinberg will take a position as “director of Bloomberg’s communication and business strategy efforts, with an added focus on expanding Bloomberg’s presence globally.”

“As Bloomberg expands its presence in Washington and prepares to launch its government information division, I’m looking forward to being a part of an organization with such an impressive record of innovation and entrepreneurship,” Feinberg said in the press release.

Bloomberg L.P., which was founded in 1981 by current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, began by selling trading terminals to Wall Street firms but is now the parent company over a growing media empire that includes a wire service, a television station and radio news.

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  • erick1740

    First Obey , now this. the rats are leaving the ship.

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      You are soooooo right, cos you know nobody ever left Republican administrations. Besides, being so cute she must be a constant distraction for Rahm when he’s concentrating on how to kick Regressive butt.

  • xfiler93

    Believe she is wanting the .25 cents. LOL

  • BooneCountyGirl

    Kaching Kaching – way to cash in, Sarah. And way to buy an even bigger piece of Obama, Bloomberg.