Kaine Formally Appointed to Head DNC
By Chris Cillizza
President-elect Barack Obama formalized his appointment of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the head of the Democratic National Committee today, installing a loyalist in the key political job.
"Tim and I share a philosophy," said Obama. "It is a pragmatic, progressive philosophy."
Kaine outlined three tasks he would seek to accomplish as head of the DNC: promote Obama's agenda, carry the "banner" of the party and work to expand on the civic engagement begun during Obama's campaign.
Both Obama and Kaine emphasized in their remarks a desire to find solutions to problems regardless of party affiliation -- an unusual declaration given that the Virginia governor was being named as the chief political surrogate for the incoming president. "We are the party of problem solvers and unifiers," said Kaine.
Although the event was billed by the campaign as a press conference, the two men did not take any questions.
Kaine and Obama have had a long relationship dating back to 2005 when the just-elected senator from Illinois campaigned for Kaine's gubernatorial candidacy in the Commonwealth. Kaine was the first major elected official to endorse Obama's candidacy and was one of three finalists for the vice presidency.
Kaine, who is term limited out as governor in early 2010, was not initially interested in the DNC chair's job but was courted repeatedly by Obama and his top political lieutenants, who wanted to ensure that the president-elect's political operation was kept in the hands of those closest to him.
Kaine's appointment is sure to stoke talk about a next step on the national stage for Kaine -- perhaps within Obama's Cabinet later in his first term or as a national candidate in his own right in 2016.
Posted at 4:05 PM ET on Jan 8, 2009
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