Portrait of A Man Staying Put: John Sununu

He may be unpopular on Capitol Hill, and his handling of budget and campaign strategies has drawn critical howls. But John Sununu is in no danger of being replaced as White House chief of staff. In fact, George Bush will rely on his top aide's conservative instincts even more heavily as the President turns sharply partisan in 1991 in preparation for the 1992 campaign. "Sununu," a Bush intimate said last week, "isn't going anywhere."

Still, Bush realizes that Sununu, a brilliant policy analyst, has scant feel for the subtleties of legislative or communication strategy. Close friends have urged the President to...

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