WASHINGTON--William Daley, the former Commerce Secretary and brother of Mayor Daley, may be tapped by President Obama to be chief of staff or to another high-level position, Bloomberg News is reporting. Daley is the Chicago based JPMorgan's Midwest chairman and the bank's head of corporate responsibility.
Bloomberg reporters Julianna Goldman and John McCormick, who have the scoop noted that Daley, who usually responds to calls and e-mails, did not reply to their questions. The White House had no comment.
Adding Daley to the Obama team--no matter what high level position--gives Obama an experienced Washington hand who brings with him a comfort factor bringing on board someone he knows. Daley would be joining the White House as Obama is ramping up for his 2012 re-election bid; Daley ran former Vice President Gore's 2000 campaign.
If indeed Daley does become chief of staff, he would be replacing Rahm Emanuel, who quit the post the run for Chicago mayor. One of Emanuel's early political jobs was worling as a fund-raiser for Mayor Daley. Emanuel and Bill Daley are close friends. Emanuel and Daley worked closely together while in the Clinton White House to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Goldman and McCormick write that Daley could address the anti-business rap pinned on the Obama White House: "As he remakes his staff for the second half of his term, the president also is seeking to address complaints from some executives that the Democratic administration is anti-business."