Daley visits White House, renewing chief of staff speculation

Former Commerce Secretary William Daley visited the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with President Obama, according to an administration official.

Daley, an executive for JP Morgan Chase, is said to be under consideration for the chief of staff position. Daley served in former President Clinton's cabinet and is the brother of retiring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

He also met with interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, according to reports.

There was no word on whether Obama offered the chief of staff position to Daley.

Daley's candidacy has received support from some prominent Democrats including Howard Dean. who said the former commerce secretary is familiar with Washington without being a Washington insider.

The Obama administration has fielded criticism for some time now for not having any top officials with large amounts of business management experience but having Daley as chief of staff would likely end that argument.

Daley's meeting comes the same day White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced he'll leave his position in February.

— Sam Youngman contributed to this post.

— This post was updated at 6:17 p.m.

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