Obama Eyes William Daley as Rahm Replacement

The JPMorgan Chase exec has pro-business reputation

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2011 7:43 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama is considering bringing on Clinton-era Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new chief of staff, or slotting him into some other high-level White House job, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The appointment would send a powerful message to the business world, where Daley, a champion of free trade, is seen as an ally. Daley was a close adviser to Obama during his presidential campaign, and has long been considered a potential hire for him.

Daley is currently a senior exec at JPMorgan and the brother of retiring Chicago mayor Richard Daley.

William Daley, then Campaign Manager for Al Gore, briefs reporters at the Capitol in Tallahassee, in this Nov. 9, 2000 file photo, as former Secretary of State Warren Christopher (right) looks on.
William Daley, then Campaign Manager for Al Gore, briefs reporters at the Capitol in Tallahassee, in this Nov. 9, 2000 file photo, as former Secretary of State Warren Christopher (right) looks on.   (AP Photo/Amy E. Conn, File)
Former Secretary of Commerce William Daley speaks during a taping of Meet the Press at the NBC studios Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 in Washington.
Former Secretary of Commerce William Daley speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Meet the Press, Alex Wong)
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