Pete Rouse, President Barack Obama’s former chief-of-staff and one of his most trusted advisers, will be leaving the administration in the fall, sources told Politico Wednesday.
Rouse served as chief-of-staff to former former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and was the first senior aide Obama hired upon his election to the Senate in 2005. He is credited with drafting the “Strategic Memo,” which Obama attributes to forging a plan for his ascendency from senator to presidential candidate in two years.
It is still unclear what Rouse will do once he leaves, and when exactly he will step down, largely because Obama has been “harassing” Rouse to stay on, according to Politico.