Biden Makes Bunch Of Appointees To Top Positions Who Come From Long Line Of Democratic Elite

(┬áIf you were hoping that President-elect Joe Biden wouldn’t bring the “old standby” Democrats with him to the White House, you’re sure to be disappointed by his choices for some top roles in his administration.

On Tuesday, Biden announced two of his long-time advisers will occupy some of the top roles in his administration. Several others have been loyal to his campaign in the past.

Mike Donilon will serve as a senior adviser to Biden. He was the chief strategist for Biden’s campaign, helping to craft marketing messages and speeches around the campaign’s “battle for the soul of the nation” theme.

Steve Ricchetti will serve as a counselor to Biden. He was the campaign chairman and worked in both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations. Ricchetti has also represented a number of large companies in America. As a report from The American Prospect said:

“After the Clintons left the White House, Ricchetti fully cashed out, building Ricchetti Inc. with his brother. Armed with a long rolodex, the brothers grabbed a large slice of corporate America as clients, including AT&T, General Motors, defense contractor United Technologies, the American Council of Life Insurers, and the American Bankers Association. But health care was always a large part of the business, with multiple drug companies, insurance associations, and hospital trade groups signing on.”

These two announcements on Tuesday follow the leaks of other hires on Monday.

One was Jen O’Malley Dillon, who will serve as Biden’s deputy chief of staff. She took over as Biden’s campaign manager after he started off the primary season sluggishly. She also worked on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Dillon also co-founded a marketing company called Precision. That firm’s clients include some very liberal companies and entities, such as Planned Parenthood, YouTube, the National Football League, General Electric, IBM, Bank of America and Humana.

Dillon once said the 2020 presidential campaign was “really about character and values as opposed to issues and ideology.”

One of Dillons’ brothers served as a national security adviser under Obama, while another brother works for the Archdiocese of Boston as the secretary for communications.

Ron Klain will serve as the chief of staff for the Biden campaign. Klain is a veteran operative within the Democratic Party.

In the past, according to a Politico report, he has “lobbied for an asbestos industry bailout package, an airline merger, mortgage regulations to help Fnanie Mae and a drug-maker under congressional scrutiny for withholding life-saving drugs from dying patients, among other clients.

Another counselor to Biden will be Dana Remus. She once clerked for liberal Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito.

Even First Lady Jill Biden will get support from people with ties to big pharma. Her chief of staff will be Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, who is a partner at Winston & Strawn, a law firm based in Chicago. That firm has represented companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, the New York Stock Exchange, nursing home company Omnicare, and many pharmaceutical companies.

So much for a “change of pace” in the White House.