Pfeiffer: Successor to Gibbs should be named 'soon'

A successor to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs should be in place "soon," communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Wednesday.

Pfeiffer, during a Twitter chat this afternoon, said that the administration hoped to name a new press secretary in short order, though Pfeiffer didn't tip his hand as to whom that person might be.

Pfeiffer tweeted in response to a question about whether he had any news about a new press secretary:

@Vanthefireman The President hasn't made a decision yet, but we have a number of great candidates. Should be some news soon

Gibbs announced his resignation earlier this month to take an outside role in support of President Obama's reelection.

“I am going to miss this but there is an adorable 7-year-old that needs a ride to school and I can hardly wait to hold his hand as I walk him into that classroom," Gibbs said on Fox News last night about leaving his role, which will allow him to spend more time with his family and recharge his batteries.

After taking some time off, Gibbs, in his private capacity, is likely to reemerge as a public voice for Obama in the media, where he'll be more free to argue for the administration as it enters its reelection effort.

There are several successors to Gibbs under consideration, including internal choices such as Bill Burton, the deputy press secretary who sometimes fills in for Gibbs at on-camera briefings.

Pfeiffer took the question during a question-and-answer session on Twitter, the first activity on his stream.

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