Dean to step down as DNC chair.

dean.jpgDNC Chairman Howard Dean is preparing to step down from his position when his term ends in January, Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports today. According to Stein, a name being floated as Dean’s successor is Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who was an ardent supporter of President-elect Barack Obama:

In sheer political terms, the choice really wasn’t Dean’s to make. Indeed, any decision on who will serve as the next DNC chair will come with directives from Obama and his aides. And a name being floated around as a possible Dean replacement is one of the president-elect’s closest allies: Claire McCaskill, the junior Senator from Missouri and a national co-chair of the Obama campaign.