Thursday, May 8, 2003

Portman declines budget director post

The Cincinnati Enquirer

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rob Portman doesn't want to be President Bush's budget director.

The Terrace Park Republican was mentioned in several news stories Wednesday as a possible replacement for Mitch Daniels, who announced Tuesday that he was leaving as director of the White House's budget office to return to Indiana.

"He is not interested in the position," said Portman's spokesman, Jim Morrell.

"He's very happy where he is right now. It gives him a unique role in helping the president on Capitol Hill."

Portman, 47, is the chairman of the House Republican leadership and liaison to the White House. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is also helping push through the president's proposed $550 million tax cut.

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