WASHINGTON -- After weeks of discussion and deliberation over Cabinet appointments, President-elect Bill Clinton and his wife have done something really important to Washington's high and mighty: They picked a White House social secretary.
Ann Stock, the vice president of public relations for Bloomingdale's, who divides her time between Washington and the New York department store, is Hillary Clinton's choice for a job that to some is as important as the White House chief of staff and, in its own way, wields almost as much power.
A spokesman for Bloomingdale's, Nicki Hedrick, director of media relations, confirmed yesterday that Mrs.Stock had resigned to take the White House job, where she will hold sway over who gets invited to presidential functions.
"If you care about going to the White House it's a very powerful job," said Carolyn Peachey, president of Campbell, Peachey & Associates, a public relations firm.
Mrs. Stock, 46, is not well known in Washington high society, but she is not new to politics or to Washington. Before going to work for Bloomingdale's she was deputy press secretary to Walter F. Mondale when he was vice president.
Mrs. Stock, who lives in Alexandria, Va., graduated from Purdue University, where she majored in elementary education. She has been married for 22 years and has a 13-year-old son.