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Top White House Congressional Liaison Leaving

Candi Wolff, the top White House liaison on Capitol Hill, is stepping down, the president announced Friday.

"One of the most challenging jobs in any White House is managing the President’s relationship with Congress," President Bush said in a statement Friday afternoon. "Candi Wolff has done a remarkable job of working with Congress and advancing my legislative agenda."

Dan Meyer, the top White House liaison on the House side and a former top aide to former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), will take over for Wolff as assistant to the president for legislative affairs. This transition has been in the works for months, according to Republicans on and off Capitol Hill.

Bush tapped Wolff for the job in January 2005. She previously served as the top congressional liaison to Vice President Dick Cheney after spending eight years in the Senate, most recently as the deputy staff director on the Senate Policy Committee under then-Chairman Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

"Candi has earned the respect of Members of Congress and her colleagues," Bush said."I have relied upon Candi’s sound judgment, extensive experience, and thorough understanding of Capitol Hill as I have made decisions that affect the lives of all Americans."