Bill Daley reportedly will become co-chairman of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign after his resignation as White House chief of staff takes effect Jan. 31.
Several members of Obama's re-election campaign confirmed that Daley would co-chair the effort shortly after the president announced the resignation, according to several media reports.
"He’s got a ton of political experience, knowledge and contacts, and we look forward to leveraging those assets and working closely together to reelect the president this year," The Hill
quotes one of the re-election team members as saying.
Other co-chairs will be announced soon, according to The Hill and other news outlets.
Obama himself hinted that Daley would be involved in the administration. Obama said he would be calling Daley "quite a bit."
Daley, who submitted his resignation letter last week, will return to Chicago, the location of Obama’s campaign headquarters.
"I have been honored to be a small part of your administration," Daley wrote in the letter, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It’s time for me to go back to the city I love."
Many West Wing and Hill staffers are happy to see him go, according to Politico. “Bill Daley was never a great fit inside the West Wing. He had an even rockier relationship with key Hill Democrats, especially Harry Reid, so the tears aren’t exactly flowing today — even though most White House staffers bear no personal animosity to Daley,” according to Politico’s report on the resignation
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