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Fran Townsend resigns - Back to you, Rudy?

Reported by Chrish - November 19, 2007 -

Breaking news during FOX and Friends: Bush's counterterror advisor Fran Townsend has resigned, effective January of next year, to join the private sector. According to CNN.com, Townsend turned in her letter of resignation November 6, nearly two weeks ago.

Also from CNN:

"Townsend's job, as the president's top adviser on fighting terrorism, involved identifying terrorist groups around the globe and assessing their threat, and finding ways to track and cut off their funding. She said that experience should will be useful in the private sector as well.

Townsend ... said she first will look into public speaking, writing and board work before pursuing opportunities in global risk management for a large multinational corporation or financial institution."

, on the other hand, reports that

"Townsend decided it was time to take a break from government work _ only a break, not an end, she insisted _ and look for a job in the private sector.

She hopes to work in global risk management for a large bank or financial services company. Townsend also said she has now changed her mind and would consider running for public office someday. In the past, she prosecuted violent crimes, narcotics offenses, Mafia cases and white-collar fraud as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. and as an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan."

Note some salient details that were not mentioned by FOX: according to IHT, "Townsend grew up in Wantagh, New York, a Long Island suburb, and graduated from American University and the University of San Diego Law School. She returned to New York to take a job in the Brooklyn district attorney's office, where she gained the attention and support of two prominent federal prosecutors: Louis Freeh, who later served as FBI director, and Rudolph Giuliani, who became mayor of New York and is now running for president. While he was United States attorney, Giuliani recruited Townsend to run his office's organized-crime unit, where she impressed peers with her tough face-to-face interviews of reputed mob figures."

It will be interesting to see at which well-connected firm Ms. Townsend winds up.