Frank Sanchez, the Tampa fundraiser who headed up Barack Obama's National Hispanic Leadership Council, left Tallahassee Monday after casting his ballot as one of Florida's 27 electors to return to Washington, D.C. where he is ensconced in Obama transition work.
"Mostly personnel,'' Sanchez says, adding that he is doing preliminary vetting of appointees.
But sources tell the Herald that he's also destined for a higher level job in the administration -- as Special Envoy to the Americas, serving as the president's key diplomat in the region. The post was previously held by former Clinton chief of staff Mack McLarty and then, in 1999 and 2000, by Florida's former Gov. and Lt. Gov. Buddy McKay.
Sanchez, who ran for mayor of Tampa in 2003, was a key supporter and funderaiser for McKay and former Gov. Lawton Chiles. McKay hired Sanchez and gave him the title of of special assistant to the president. Clinton also appointed Sanchez to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation, where he oversaw international negotiations.
Sanchez was an early supporter of Obama -- announcing his support in 2007 and became a high level advisor to the campaign on Hispanic issues.