Is Ashcroft Losing Influence?

U.S. News and World reports President Bush has a new advisor for homeland security, and she occupies a higher rung than Ashcroft at homeland security council meetings:

As President Bush 's new top adviser for homeland security, Frances Fragos Townsend, is most likely headed for some bittersweet encounters with Attorney General John Ashcroft. Thinking Townsend was a Clinton loyalist, the AG forced her to leave the Justice Department, where she'd worked for Janet Reno. Turns out she's a Republican. Now Townsend will chair Bush's homeland security council meetings, while Ashcroft will be just a participant. Thus, she'll feel free to second-guess him, which, say folks who know her, she'll be more than happy to do.

[link via Wonkette]

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