Report: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs may leave White House to run DNC

According to Politico, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs may be the latest high-profile departure from the West Wing:

Democratic insiders are taking the temperature of some top party donors about the possibility of naming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as chairman of the Democratic National Committee heading into President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, senior officials tell POLITICO.

Under the scenario being tested, Tim Kaine, the current DNC chairman and former governor of Virginia, would be named to a top administration post, perhaps in the Cabinet, the officials said.

Donors’ response has been positive, according to people who have been consulted.

Gibbs, one of the president’s closest confidants, already had been planning to leave the podium next year, perhaps to become a White House senior adviser.

It’s a tough job and Gibbs has had his fair share of struggles as Press Secretary. Lately his leaves a little to be desired.

UPDATE: On Gibbs’ Twitter feed, he denies he’s leaving.

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