Kaine to chair DNC

 Posted by at 20:19  Democrats, Politics
Jan 042009

The Washington Post is reporting that President-Elect Obama has selected Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia to serve as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee…

Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman

Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will become chairman of the Democratic National Committee later this month, serving as the top political messenger for Barack Obama’s administration even while he finishes his final year in the governor’s mansion, several sources said.

Kaine, who emerged as one of Obama’s vice presidential finalists this summer, will operate from Richmond in a part-time capacity until January 2010, when he will become the full-time DNC chairman. Kaine is constitutionally barred from running for reelection.

A personal friend of the president-elect, Kaine is a gregarious chief executive who is known to relish political combat and helped put Virginia in the Democratic column for the first time in almost 50 years.

Obama transition aides declined to comment today, and Kaine aides did not return calls seeking comment. Two sources said Obama will announce his choice of Kaine for the post later this week.

We can only hope he does as good a job as his predecessor.

Meanwhile, former DNC chairman (and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign) Terry McAuliffe has announced his intention to run to replace Mr. Kaine in the Virginia governor’s mansion.