President Obama Considering Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff

Jan 3, 2011 5:14pm

ABC News' Jake Tapper reports: Sources tell ABC News that President Obama is considering naming former Secretary of Commerce Bill Daley as his chief of staff.

Daley, an executive with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., did not return a call for comment, and White House officials would not comment.

Former White House senior adviser Pete Rouse is currently serving as chief of staff, a position he said he did not want to do on a permanent basis. Sources said he and President Obama have yet to have a conversation about what to do going forward.

Daley, the son of legendary Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Sr. and the brother of the current mayor, is known as a hard-charging no-nonsense executive. His brother Richie’s pending retirement set the stage for President Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to leave earlier than had been planned to run for mayor.

The Daley news was first reported by Bloomberg News’ Julianna Goldman and John McCormick.

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