'Would Have Been Great' to Be in Obama Cabinet: Dean

Departing DNC chair will instead head back to private life
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2009 5:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said today he would have liked to work in the Obama administration, but instead is embarking on a life in the private sector after nearly 30 years in politics. Some of his supporters have been upset that after all the former Vermont governor has done for Democrats, President-elect Barack Obama did not pick him for an administration job.

"Obviously, it would have been great," Dean said in a telephone interview from his home in Burlington, Vt. "But it's not happening and the president has the right to name his own Cabinet, so I'm not going to work in the government it looks like." Dean said he plans to make some money delivering speeches and share ideas about campaigns and technology with center-left political parties around the world.