January 4th, 2009
07:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Sources: VA governor tapped for DNC chair

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Time Kaine has been tapped to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee to replace Howard Dean, two Democratic officials told CNN Sunday.

Kaine will serve on a part-time basis until his term as governor expires, the officials said.

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–CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.


Filed under: DNC • Tim Kaine
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. tough shoes to fill

    Dean did a very good job and if he can get past that yell he made during his run for pres., he would make a good pres. himself, but that was embarrasing

    January 4, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Ted

    YES!
    I wanted him for VP, but this is even better!

    January 4, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. casper

    mr. kaine i hope you have been vetted.

    January 4, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Hope

    Great guy the next president after Obama's 8 years.

    January 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada

    Guess McAuliffe wants to do a switch-er-roo.

    January 4, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. giniajim

    This is probaby a pretty good choice. Gov. Kaine doesn't pull punches. He's partisan, but no unreasonably so (i.e. you can talk to him!).

    January 4, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Janis Oliver

    Great choice, good man I liv in Virginia

    January 4, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Janis Oliver

    Great choice, good man I live in Virginia.

    January 4, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Excellent choice to show some of those to the extreme right a more genuine form of Christianity. Dem forever.

    January 4, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. aware

    I would choke up too at the thought of working with inept, arrogant old cronies like Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd...! :(

    But then PEBO used Chicago smack down, palm-greasing, manipulation, obfuscation, prevarication...to get elected so-on with the one act drama!

    January 4, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Krazy Kaine

    I like it. Now the Dems have a leader that looks just like the psycho lead singer of the punk band Prodigy! "I AM THE FIRE STARTER...!"

    January 4, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. MK LA

    good. That's one down ( Dean) one to go ( Pelosi) they both should be fired for their anti Hillary agenda this primary.

    God Bless Obama in 09
    goodbye Howard Dean

    January 4, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. PA Dem

    Good man that Gov. Kaine! I think he will serve well.

    January 4, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. ken

    Nice nice nice of kane!

    January 4, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Angela

    Outstanding selection!!!

    January 4, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Jen from VA

    I will Gove Kaine will do an excellent job!! Good luck to him

    January 4, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. An English tutor

    Who is Time Kane?

    January 4, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Mike

    People in Virginia can't wait to get rid of Kaine. This appointment shows that Kaine has and will continue to place partisan politics ahead of governing.

    The people of this great Commonwealth are ready to elect Attorney General Bob McDonnell as the next Governor of Virginia! This is going to be Kaine's major upset as DNC chairman.

    BOB MCDONNELL FOR GOVERNOR!

    January 4, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Who was Michael Connell?

    Great for the blue state of Virginia,now lets run the rest of the rebels into the sea.

    January 4, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Dave

    Way to go Mr. Dean.....YYEEHAW

    January 4, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Dorothy In NC

    I never thought Howard Dean should have taken over the reins of the DNC. I think when he lost his bid for the President his credibility was diminished also. The Democratic Party has a real chance to do some real good and has the chance to be THEE party with Obama in. I think we need to have the very best minds in command of the party to advance it even further.

    January 4, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. JAE

    Obama might have a "soft side" but he's still a Dumbocrat. His "softness" can't and never will hold candles to George Bush. George Bush is a deep man and has VERY deep feelings. You DO NOT get a lip quiver, fighting emotions as President, from forcing it.

    We'll just see what Obama does OR doesn't do. The first 100 days, as they say, will say alot.

    January 4, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Joe

    Mike,
    Step away from the delusion pipe.
    People in Virginia are looking for a change in the way business is done in VA. And Bob McDonnell is not it.

    Go back to licking your wounds.

    January 4, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. Alicia

    Great news!!! I hope it is true. Howard Dean did a great job. YeeHaw, Howard!!!!

    Aware @ 8:43, you have the wrong blog. LOL You Repub blogs kill me LOL

    January 4, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. S Callahan

    Does this mean i should go back to being a Democrat...
    Tim Kane is a honorable, Christian, caring, hard working, visioned oriented man. May God Bless Your steps Tim as you go forward and may you always seek his will and not your own.

    January 4, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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