Partisan In Chief
Andy Jenks covered today’s press event where Gov. Tim Kaine confirmed that he will be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
He filed this report for Decision Virginia:
In a late afternoon news conference, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine confirmed Sunday’s reports that he’ll be tapped as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. We learned more about how Kaine sees the role, and how he plans to work effectively for Virginians and President-Elect Obama in 2009.
What the job as chairman means:
-Supervise DNC operations (with phone and e-mail never too far away)
-Promote Obama’s agenda (you’ll see a lot of him on the Sunday talk shows)
What the job as chairman does NOT mean:
-Full time involvement in 2009
-Money (Kaine will work for no pay this year)
As is well known, in November Kaine rejected the idea of becoming DNC Chairman, saying it was not something he viewed as “consistent” with being governor. But Obama convinced him otherwise a week before Christmas, calling it an “all hands on deck” moment for the country. Of Obama, Kaine said, “He’s a very persuasive guy.”