Although there is still doubt, rumors dictate that the president may appoint Latinos in cabinet, yet the questions still remain the same: Who, when and where?
Last week, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda handed their letter to the administration in an attempt to remind the White House that there is a “wealth of competent Latinos.” The list included 19 potential Latinos from both the public and private sector who are seen as possible candidates. Rumors dictate that the White House is indicating it may appoint two Latinos.
Antonio Villaraigosa may have a place in Obama’s cabinet
Names such as Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa rumored to possibly be on the list for a higher appointment was also listed. Analysts believe because of his experience with labor, his influence with Mayors and charisma, it’s not unlikely to suggest he could fit as a Secretary of Transportation, if it becomes vacant, or Secretary of Labor.
“There’s no doubt that this administration is going to want to make sure that they have Latinos as part of their administration, so the million dollar question is where do you put them?” said Arnold Torres, former executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, who now works as a policy consultant.
The two vacancies include secretary of labor and secretary of the interior with Villaraigosa being seen by some as being qualified for secretary of labor.
“It is possible that they may just turn around and give him a position dealing with cities, the mayors, they may create a new position within the cabinet for that purpose,” said Torres.
He explained that the only other vacancy that is high profile at this point is the Department of Labor considering that Villaraigosa’s experience does not match in the secretary of interior. Other political analysts including David Bositis, senior research associate of civic engagement and government institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, indicated that there isn’t a lot of experience that is needed for the secretary of labor position.
“If you have good relations with organized labor, then you don’t have to have some specialty in order to be appointed to that position,” said Bositis.
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