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The Word on Urban Policy Director Appointment

Alfonso Carrion, the Bronx Borough President

Alfonso Carrion, the Bronx Borough President

Some may be wondering if the new Obama administration has appointed its director for a new Office of Urban Policy. As far as we can tell, it hasn’t yet. But according to Bob Kapstatter of the New York Daily News, it is waiting for the urban-related cabinet approvals.

One of our deeper Deep Throats has come up with a plausible answer to why it’s taking so long for the Obama camp to name Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión as White House director on urban policy.

It’s out of the political playbook in Chicago, where Obama first cut his teeth.

“The White House now has the Chicago style of doing things. Obama’s people learned from the mayor’s office. It all has to do with deniability,” said our source, who’s wired into a high-level Obama/Chicago connection. “What AC will be is the White House messenger/enforcer to the cabinet secretaries when it’s about urban policy. That gives the President ‘clean hands.’

“Congress likes cabinet secretaries to be somewhat independent, so Obama’s people want to wait until they get through their confirmation hearings, maybe by the end of the month.

In other related news, Transportation Secretary-designate Ray Lahood talks about livable communities in his confirmation hearings.

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