The top aid to Representative Henry Waxman has been named as one of President-Elect Barack Obama's top staff members. Philip Schiliro, known as the brains behind Congressional steroids inquires, assumes the role of Presidential liaison to Congress. To the AP:
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a veteran Capitol Hill aide as his top White House representative to Congress, the Democrat's transition team announced Saturday as he works to fill out the senior ranks of his team.
Philip Schiliro has worked in Congress for more than 25 years, many of which were spent as a top aide to longtime Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and the House Oversight Committee. His official title will be assistant to the president for legislative affairs when the new administration takes over Jan. 20.
The move signals a continuing effort by Obama to ensure he has a smooth relationship with the Democratic-controlled House and Senate. Others on his team also have long ties to Capitol Hill, including Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the next White House chief of staff...
Currently, Schiliro is the director of congressional relations for Obama's transition team, and was a senior adviser on the presidential campaign.
Like several other top Obama advisers, Schiliro has ties to Tom Daschle; he served as policy director when the former South Dakota senator was the Senate Democratic leader. He also was the staff director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee. In the 1990s, he twice unsuccessfully ran for a congressional seat from New York's Long Island.
Much of Schiliro's career has been spent investigating allegations of wrongdoing under Waxman and the House Oversight Committee.
He has been credited with bringing the issue of steroids in Major League Baseball to Waxman's attention in 2005 after reading Jose Canseco's book, "Juiced," which said he and other players had used performance-enhancing drugs. Congress investigated the allegations and subpoenaed baseball stars, including retired slugger Mark McGwire.
Will Schiliro use his influence and his interest in steroids to affect national PED policies? For instance there may need to be changes in PED laws more in accord with further criminalizing doping to please the IOC if the United States wishes to host future Olympic Games (although this is in question)