Would Bill Daley Signal a Move to the Center?

Jan 6, 2011 11:42am

The seventh and youngest child of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, former Clinton Commerce Secretary Bill Daley – who met with President Obama in the Oval Office yesterday to talk about the challenging role of becoming the next White House chief of staff — may be best known by the public for not-conceding on election night as the campaign chair for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

But there’s obviously much more that Daley would represent. Daley – an executive at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co — would bring business ties to the job, ones critics say have been sorely lacking in this White House. It’s also likely not a coincidence that Daley would become chief of staff as a new Republican majority has assumed control of the House.

In a December 2009 op-ed for the Washington Post, Daley wrote that top Democrats need to “acknowledge that the agenda of the party's most liberal supporters has not won the support of a majority of Americans — and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, from health care to the economy to the environment to Afghanistan.”

“The leaders of the Democratic Party need to move back toward the center — and in doing so, set the stage for the many years' worth of leadership necessary to produce the sort of pragmatic change the American people actually want,” Daley wrote.

We covered Daley and other potential White House staffing changes on Good Morning America this morning:

- Jake Tapper

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