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Bill Daley, White House Chief Of Staff, Will Not Stay Past Re-Election

10/11/2011 11:54 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

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White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley told NBC Chicago Monday that he will not stay past President Barack Obama's re-election. "I made a commitment to the president through his re-election, which I’m confident he will do, and then my wife and I will return to Chicago," he said.

He also said he did not talk much with his predecessor who became mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. "We kind of BS back and forth, I give advice, he gives advice. I've known Rahm for almost 25 years," he said.

Daley has a frostier relationship with Congress than Emanuel, who was a House member. HuffPost's Jen Bendery reported:

A former administration official described Daley as disorganized and suggested staffers have struggled with his style of management. People are "longing for Rahm," the official told The Huffington Post.

On Capitol Hill, top Democratic aides say frustrations have reached a boiling point when it comes to Daley's lack of engagement with them.

"It's gotten really bad," said one senior Democratic aide. Democratic leaders "have basically come to the conclusion that he's not up to the job and doesn't really get how Congress works. At all."

Obama hired Daley, who was President Clinton's former Commerce Secretary and a former JP Morgan Chase lobbyist, in January after Republican midterm victories. HuffPost's Zach Carter reported that as Commerce Secretary under President Clinton, he worked with U.S. pharmaceutical companies to curb the usage of generic drugs abroad. Being a former banking executive and fundraiser with corporate ties were considered strengths as the Obama administration wanted to change its image to be more friendly to business.

Daley, the younger brother of longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, said to NBC that he had no plans to run for elected office: "I'm just trying to get through day to day, I have no plans."

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