Marc Short, Trump’s former legislative affairs director and a former high-level aide to Vice President Mike Pence, left the White House in July to consult and become a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center School of Public Affairs. His appointment to the one-year fellowship prompted fierce, partisan backlash from students and faculty at UVA.
Short, who previously obtained his MBA from UVA, departed just as the confirmation battle over Kavanaugh was intensifying. His record as the White House’s liaison to Capitol Hill staffers and politicians was largely seen as successful, even if some of the results he oversaw were mixed.
Although he helped ensure the passage of Trump’s historic $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year, Short was unable to push the president’s longstanding effort to repeal ObamaCare over the finish line. That legislative measure — panned by Democrats and some Republicans for failing to offer a viable health care alternative — was defeated in a dramatic 11th-hour vote by the late Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain.
The White House tapped Shahira Knight, who had served on the White House’s National Economic Council and played a major role in developing the tax legislation, to replace Short.
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