Howard Dean Says Bill Daley Would Be ‘Huge Plus’ For Obama, Criticizes Outgoing Staff

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January 5, 2011 6:30 a.m.

Howard Dean weighed in today on the rumors that President Obama is considering former Commerce Secretary William Daley to be his new chief of staff, saying Daley’s appointment would be a “huge plus” for Obama, since he is someone “who knows Washington, but he also is not of Washington.”Dean also spoke harshly of outgoing White House staff, The Hill reports, like senior advisor David Axelrod and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, saying they’ve treated the left with “contempt.”

“As they say, don’t let the door hit you in the you-know-what on the way out,” he said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast today. He added that though Daley has “been moving to the right over the last five to 10 years,” he is “a grown-up who doesn’t treat people like they don’t know anything and you know everything.”

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