Could a Cabinet post be in the works? Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, will not be back for a second term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. His decision not to seek reinstatement clears the way for an Obama loyalist to be named to the post, The Fix’s Chris Cillizza reports. “At this point he has said that he doesn’t intend to run again,” a DNC source tells Cillizza. “He has said so publicly for a while. He has not said what he will do next.” Dean has clashed publicly over his job with top Democrats, including new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. While Dean could be named head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Claire McKaskill, Tim Kaine, and Bill Richardson are among his possible replacements at the DNC.
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