Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Image via WikipediaObama may look inside for Rahm job - POLITICO.com
Amid mounting signs that Rahm Emanuel will leave the White House to run for mayor in Chicago, Democratic insiders say President Barack Obama is likely to choose a new chief of staff who's already in his orbit but has experience with previous administrations.
The goal: to maintain the president's comfort level while bringing in an outside perspective that would help mitigate the insularity of the current West Wing.
The most likely candidate may be Tom Donilon, a deputy national security adviser whose political experience goes back to the Carter-Mondale campaign. Donilon earned his chops in government as the first assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Bill Clinton. His wife, Cathy Russell, is chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden.
Another possible prospect is Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, who has served in a string of sensitive positions, including chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the 1996 reelection campaign.
Emanuel associates say his West Wing colleagues assume he will make the run to replace Mayor Richard M. Daley, who on Tuesday took himself out of the race. Emanuel has not said what he will do or when he will decide.