NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton's chief spokesman Howard Wolfson has confirmed he is to leave his boss of the past year-and-a-half in order to move into the private sector.
'I'll be with her for the transition (to her role as New York senator) and for the first couple of months of the New Year. Then I will look at private sector opportunities,' said Wolfson.
He is now being courted by at least one major PR agency. Edelman PR Worldwide vice chairman Leslie Dach has already arranged to meet Wolfson to discuss his plans.
Fellow 'Team Hillary' colleagues Karen Dunn and Karen Finney are said to be taking a break following the successful campaign, which saw Clinton elected senator for New York - the first time in history a First Lady has been elected to office.
In the final weeks of 2000, Wolfson dealt with press interest in Clinton's proposed memoir, which she sold for more than pounds 5m to Simon & Schuster.
This led to calls for her to submit the text to the Senate's ethics committee before publication, since S&S is owned by media giant Viacom, which has diverse interests regulated by a range of state and federal authorities.
Wolfson began working for Clinton at the start of her 'listening tour' in the summer of 1999.
He executed a campaign strategy directed initially against New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. When he quit the race due to ill health, the team trained its fire on new opponent Rick Lazio.
Wolfson has also worked on successful campaigns for Democrats Nita Lowy and Chuck Schumer. Clinton, who takes office as New York's junior senator next month, has been tipped to run for the Presidency in four years' time.