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Discovery’s McHale Wastes No Time

August 2, 2006 3:06 PM

Last night, literally just hours after her resignation as Discovery Communications president and CEO, Judith McHale held a fund-raiser in her Bethesda, Md., home for the chairman of the state's Democratic party. Ms. McHale, who had been with the company for 19 years, apparently is all ready for her next chapter: Mixing it up with politics. One Discovery insider said he believes Ms. McHale has her eyes set down the road on a Cabinet position. Others have speculated that she would like to become a part of the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., if Ms. Clinton decides to run for president in 2008. Another denizen of the Beltway said Sen. Clinton and Ms. McHale are friends.

Ms. McHale will remain at Discovery until year's end to consult on education developments. Now here's a question to sweat over during this blast of summer heat: Do business executives with decades of experience have a place in Washington?

Remember Vice President Dick Cheney before you answer that loaded question.


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