Leavitt, for example, has brought in former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, who was ousted from office over his moderate positions. Bennett has publicly said Leavitt “would make a great chief of staff in the White House.” (This emphasis toward a business philosophy of governance fits well with Romney’s recently stated goal of bringing “corporate order to the West Wing” — and, along with that, a lot of private-sector people into the administration.) One source says he’d be more comfortable with a few more “Haley Barbours” involved.
The Mormon network, and the suggestion of favoritism, is rarely discussed publicly — but it is (quietly) a major bone of contention. “They are tribal and they help each other out,” says one source of the LDS members on the transition team. “There’s nothing wrong with that — but that’s what’s happening here.”
(See also related Daily Caller story.)