-By Warner Todd Huston
Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg News is reporting that President Obama may be about to name Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s brother, Bill, to become the next White House Chief of Staff.
That will make yet another Chicago crony working for the Obama White House. Bill Daley will be joining the ranks of Chicagoans Rahm Emanuel, Valarie Jarrett and several others whom the Obama’s worked with in Chicago before Barack became president.
Bill Daley, 62, was once the U.S. Commerce Secretary under Bill Clinton and chaired Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000. Daley co-chaired Obama’s transition team as he prepared to take office and also served as an economic adviser.
If Daley takes his place as Obama’s Chief of Staff, this could figure troublesome to Obama’s union supporters since Daley was one of the biggest supporters of the North American Free trade Agreement passed in 1993. Unions have always opposed this bill and may feel that Obama is putting someone close to him that is anti-union (just as they complained about Rahm Emanuel, also a NAFTA supporter).
Daley joined JPMorgan Chase in 2004 and has been the president of communications of SBC since 2008.