Liberal groups skeptical of Daley
January 6th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Liberal groups skeptical of Daley

(CNN) - Weighing in on President Obama's choice for chief of staff, the progressive organization criticized William Daley for his close ties to "big banks and big business."

"With Wall Street reporting record profits while middle class Americans continue to struggle in a deep recession, the announcement that William Daley, who has close ties to Big Banks and Big Business, will now lead the White House staff is troubling and sends the wrong message to the American people," Justin Ruben, executive director of said in a statement.

Ruben said it's up to Daley to prove he's "not carrying water in the White House for the big banks that took our economy over the cliff."

The former commerce secretary and Chicago native most recently ran the Midwest operations for the investment bank JP Morgan Chase and formally accepted the top White House post Thursday.

In a statement Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO said he hoped the economy would be a top priority for Daley.

"The president is of course entitled to choose a chief of staff in whom he has complete confidence," Trumka said. "Yet President Obama and his Administration will ultimately be judged by results - whether the economy recovers robustly and begins to generate good jobs on the scale needed to improve the lives of working people."

A statement from Public Citizen, a liberal nonprofit public interest organization said the decision represented "the wrong direction" because of Daley's ties to Wall Street.

"This is exactly the wrong direction for the administration, which seems intent on drawing exactly the wrong lessons from the 2010 elections," Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement. "What the public wants is meaningful action on jobs and an end to the insider, corporate deal-making arrangements that William Daley represents."

Filed under: AFL-CIO • MoveOn • Richard Trumka • William Daley
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While I admit that the job killing republican party is public enemy number one, I am becoming skeptical of liberal groups.

    January 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Trumka said. "Yet President Obama and his Administration will ultimately be judged by results – whether the economy recovers robustly and begins to generate good jobs on the scale needed to improve the lives of working people."
    Oh, so now you bring that up. Where were you with this wisdom 2 years ago? ( Lining up for handouts to support ObamaCare, that's where. )

    January 6, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Well, if the 'tards at are upset, he must be a great choice!

    January 6, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Another Wall Street hack. Thanks Barry.

    January 6, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. ReallY!!?

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better" – Obama 2006 grandstanding when he voted agains raising the debt ceiling.
    After spending over $2Trillion under Obama's watch & still a bad economy to show, the hypocrisy is astounding!!!
    Dems would be screaming if the Republicans did half of what the Dems are doing!

    January 6, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Four and The Door criticized William Daley for his close ties to "big banks and big business."
    ...a message Justin Ruben posted from his iPhone via the AT&T 3G network.

    January 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Great pick Mr. President, Daley is the most qualified for this position. Those concerned about Daley's ties to "Wall Street" take a look at the Republicans who are lobbied by none other than Wall Street. Daley is the oversight needed to control the broker deals made on the floors in Washington.

    January 6, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. GOP Taliban Victim

    Not liking it all at. Stop trying to turn Obama into Clinton. Enough of selling out to the Big $ rich and powerful. Whatever happened to govt for the people? NAFTA, deregulation of Wall Street and catering to the Big $ lobbyists under Clinton did not turn out so hot did it? Stop sending all our jobs to Mexico or Commie sweatshops to please the Chamber of Commerce and the Republican derelicts.

    January 6, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    How free trade work
    Corporate America expand their business crate jobs overseas
    They make good profit and get Bush tax cut

    January 6, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Four and More

    While initial issues might be understandable, Daley should be given a fair chance to perform his responsibilities before being judged. The choice seems to be another effort from President Obama to work with our business community and govern from the center.


    January 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Gil

    All politicians these days are falling into the hands of big business, big oil and the banking industry. Why would Obama be any different, but when Issa asks industries and corporations to come to Washington to tell him what parts of the regulatory laws they want to have stopped it is going too far. The Americans voters have shown their stupidity last November and now will pay the price of special interests first and the people last!

    January 6, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. concerned liberal

    Obama took big $$$ from big corps and banks – why is this a surprise now?
    This is just the latest disappointment from Obama following broken promises and backpeddling.
    Obama is not even a pretend outsider or pretend liberal anymore.

    January 6, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "If they would have read it last year and understood it, they NEVER would have tried to force American citizens to buy healthcare insurance"

    Not only did they read it, but they also apparently read the SCOTUS precedent that will be used to show why the mandate is perfecetly constitutional. Please go read the Raich case and its brethren and, until you do, stop pretending you have even the the most remote of clues what the heck you are talking about.

    January 6, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |