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Flashback Friday: On This Day In 1991, W.H. Chief Of Staff John Sununu Quits

Dec. 3, 1991:

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White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, who after a series of gaffes had become a clear liability to President Bush and his 1992 re-election chances, resigns his post.

Sununu, a former governor of New Hampshire whose backing of Bush helped the former vice president win the 1988 primary in the Granite State, had angered many in the administration for what has been described as his arrogant and authoritarian manner.  He was blamed by many conservatives for Bush's reversal on raising taxes, which he had pledged during his '88 campaign he would not do.  More recently, he embarrassed the Bush White House over his use of government planes for personal use.

It had been recently reported that George W. Bush, the president's eldest son, was strongly urging his father to dump Sununu.

Within two days, Bush will name Transportation Secretary Sam Skinner as Sununu's replacement.

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