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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton to Leave White House

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Almost three weeks after being passed over for the White House press secretary position, and just a couple hours after the first briefing by the man who did get the job, Jay Carney,  deputy press secretary Bill Burton announced Wednesday that he’s leaving the White House. Friday will be his last day.

Burton, in an e-mail to friends and colleagues, announced that he would be forming a Democratic consulting firm with Sean Sweeney, the former chief of staff to former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. The two worked together at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, when Emanuel was the chair, Sweeney was the political director, and Burton was the communications director.

Prior to Wednesday, Burton, a loyal lieutenant to former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, was the only member of the press office to have briefed reporters in Gibbs’ absence. President Obama not asking him to serve as Gibbs’ replacement was something of a surprise to many reporters.

In his e-mail, Burton recalled that it was four years ago this week that he “stood with many of you in Springfield as then-Senator Barack Obama announced an improbable campaign for president on an unbelievably cold day.  And then I stood with a lot more of you on an unseasonably warm night in Chicago as the next First Family strode onto stage in Grant Park.  There was another cold day in Washington -- when all the rest of you hangers-on showed up -- and that Senator became President.  And all those days since, we worked together to make the change he promised a reality in the lives of countless Americans.”

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