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S.C. Governor Names New Chief Of Staff January 30, 2007

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TOM DAVIS TO ASSUME TOP POST IN S.C. GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

FITSNews – January 30, 2007 Tom Davis, a Beaufort attorney and longtime confidant to S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, will be the governor’s second term chief of staff.

Sanford announced Davis’ appointment to the administration’s top post to reporters following this morning’s meeting of the State Budget & Control Board, where Sanford’s current chief of staff Henry White is headed to become executive director, incidentally.

“Tom is an extraordinarily wise choice for the governor,” said former House Minority Leader James Smith (D-Richland). “Tom has boatloads of respect in both the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle. He’s going to substantially extend the governor’s ability to move his agenda forward.”

FITSNews first reported on White’s impending move back on January 2, but no word on a replacement had been forthcoming from our many Governor’s Office sources.

One of the governor’s closest friends since their college days together at Furman University, Davis has been involved in every single one of Sanford’s successful elections, dating back to the politician’s improbable 1994 U.S. Congressional victory.

In 2002, Davis assumed the lion’s share of policy responsibility for Sanford’s successful gubernatorial campaign, a role he reprised in 2006 while raising the governor’s reelection campaign nearly $250,000 dollars. Between elections, Davis served as co-chief of staff and chief legislative advisor to the governor.

Davis declined to speak with FITSNews, but sources close to the governor’s office say his selection is part of a broader shuffling of Sanford’s “organizational chart.”

Specifically, Sanford’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Coalitions and Strategic Planning Jason Miller has been moved into the governor’s communications bullpen, replacing former Communications Director Marisa Crawford, who will focus on other duties.

Given Davis’ broad policy background, his selection also represents a substantially reduced profile for senior policy advisor Scott English.

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