The White House announced Press Secretary Tony Snow’s much speculated resignation today:
President Bush announced Friday that press secretary Tony Snow, who has waged a battle with cancer while manning the White House lectern, will resign and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, on Sept. 14.
“It’s been joy to watch him spar with you,” Bush told the White House press corps in the briefing room.
Snow said that his “cancer was not the reason he was stepping down.”
Instead, the father of three said he needs to make more than his White House salary of $168,000. He can earn far more money on the speechmaking circuit.
CNN notes that Snow took a “major pay cut after leaving the world of cable television and talk radio to come to the White House.” Yesterday, Snow told CNN “his health is improving, citing two new medical tests this month which found the cancer has not spread.”
Snow was a syndicated talk-show host and conservative pundit on FAUX News Radio before becoming White House Press Secretary on April 26, 2006. He’s the latest in a line of Bush Administration officials to jump ship. Today was Karl Rove’s last day.