Marty Tolchin, who was hired by Capitol Leader to recruit talent for the paper that would become Politico once VandeHarris came on board, has left the Politico (Tolchin, you’ll recall, is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Hill newspaper). Tolchin is joining the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Tolchin wasn’t always happy about being eclipsed by VandeHarris when Capitol Leader turned into Politico and the relationship was polite at best (in fact, many of Tolchin’s hires were eventually let go by the paper over the past year). In November 2006, announced that “the first phase of my consultancy draws to a close.”
This week, the newsroom bid farewell to Tolchin and Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker drew a cartoon just for Marty. Marty said, “Jim and John took this paper further than even in my wildest dreams.” Before leaving, Tolchin sent this email to the staff:
Dear Friends—Many, many thanks for that swell sendoff. I’ll always treasure Matt’s carricature, which is now being framed, as well as that bottle of Dom Perignon with all your notes and good wishes. I’m grateful to Robert and Fred for the opportunity to play a small role in this great adventure. As I said yesterday, John and Jim have done an unbelievable job: In less than a year they have made Politico the premier Capitol Hill publication, as well as a must read for all political junkies. You all have given Politico great vitality and substance. You’re all not only exorbitantly talented, but also fun to be with. I’m also thrilled that under Mike and Waldo, the ads are beginning to roll in. Most of all, I’m grateful for your friendship. I’ll be in and out of the office next week, preparing for my next adventure at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and hope to cadge a few moments with each of you. I’ll be rooting for you, individually and collectively, and hope you’ll call on me if the need arises. All best, marty