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Yankees' Levine Says He's Not Interested In Trump Chief Of Staff Job

December 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Yankees president Randy Levine says he's not interested in working in the White House.

After NBC News reported Monday that Levine was among the names being considered to succeed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the Yankees executive issued a statement saying: “No one spoke to me about the White House chief of staff job. I respect the president but I’m happy being president of the Yankees."

Levine told the Daily News that he was caught off-guard by the public speculation.

“I’ve been in meetings all day, and my phone just blew up,” he said.

The idea was not as crazy as it might've first seemed to those unfamiliar with Levine's full résumé. The 63-year-old Brooklyn native served as principal associate deputy attorney general and principal deputy attorney general in the Justice Department under President Ronald Reagan as well as as a special delegate to the U.S. Labor Department. He also was New York City’s deputy mayor for economic development, planning and administration under Mayor Rudy Guiliani. In addition, Levine served as the city's labor commissioner and worked on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

Levine is a longtime Donald Trump supporter, but he also wrote an op-ed for Newsmax that was critical of the president's 2017 tax cut.

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Levine was hired as Yankees president in 2000. His accomplishments include the construction of the new Yankee Stadium, the launch of the YES regional sports network and the creation of a partnership with Manchester City Football Club that led to the Major League Soccer expansion team New York City Football Club. On the field, meanwhile, the Yankees have reached two World Series, winning one, in 2009.

Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around year's end. Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, was believed to be the front-runner to take over the position, but he announced Sunday he will instead be leaving the White House.

According to NBC's Geoff Bennett, candidates for the job include North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Trump 2016 Deputy Campaign Manager David Bossie, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.