The Washington Times reports:
President Bush is losing his chief speech writer, William McGurn, and his director of legislative affairs, Candida Wolff, the White House announced this morning.
Mr. McGurn, a former Wall Street Journal columnist, replaced Michael Gerson in January 2005, and will leave after crafting the president’s final State of the Union speech for late January.
Mrs. Wolff joined the president’s staff three years ago after three years in Vice President Dick Cheney’s legislative affairs shop, and will leave by the end of this month.
McGurn and Wolff’s departures come despite White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten telling “senior aides” in September “that if they stayed past Labor Day he would expect them to stay through the remaining 17 months of Mr. Bush’s term.”