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Molinari To Resign From Congress For CBS


NEW YORK (AllPolitics, May 28) -- Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) formally announced this morning that she will soon give up her seat in Congress for a news anchor chair.

Molinari, 39, will leave Congress Aug. 1 to become co-anchor of a new CBS News Saturday morning program starting this September.

In the statement issued last night to her constituents, Molinari said, "I loved and continue to love that job, but this unique -- and unexpected -- opportunity with CBS News is one I became more and more intrigued with and ultimately decided I couldn't pass up."

A moderate Republican, Molinari has been considered a rising star in her party. Last summer she was tapped by GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in San Diego.


Telegenic and consistently upbeat, Molinari has been a frequent guest on television news shows during her congressional tenure.

At a press conference at CBS in New York this morning, Molinari insisted, though, that she would not be offering any political opinions on the show and that she would not cover any stories that might pose a conflict of interest.

In a written statement, CBS News President Andrew Heyward praised Molinari as "a smart, compelling communicator who also happens to be a working mom interested in many of the same issues our audience is interested in."

CBS has yet to choose Molinari's future co-anchor.

Molinari was first elected to Congress in 1990 to fill the seat left vacant by her father, Guy Molinari. The congresswoman represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. She holds a master's degree in political communications from the State University of New York at Albany.

While in Congress, the petite blonde married fellow Republican representative Bill Paxon after he proposed on bended knee on the House floor in 1993. The couple have a one-year-old daughter, Susan Ruby Paxon.

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