Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIowa caucus mishap fueled by DNC interference, state missteps: autopsy report Wall Street Journal draws backlash over op-ed urging Jill Biden to drop ‘doctor’ title Juan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year MORE has surfaced as a frontrunner to be President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations Castro says ‘there’s still work to do’ on Biden Cabinet diversity Robert Zoellick says human rights, European relations to play key roles in Biden foreign policy MORE‘s Transportation secretary, CNN reports.
Several sources told the news network that the former presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., mayor has a real shot at the position currently held by Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoAsian lawmakers: ‘Unacceptable’ if Biden doesn’t name AAPI Cabinet ‘secretary’ Trump taps Conway, Chao to government posts in waning days of administration Transportation Dept: Preparations in place for ‘immediate mass shipment’ of COVID-19 vaccines MORE, although others are still under consideration.
The list of those who have been previously floated includes former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiPavlich: Democrat’s coronavirus class war Clyburn, Richmond among Biden inaugural committee leadership Los Angeles residents ordered to stay home, avoid gatherings: ‘Cancel everything’ MORE and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.
Buttigieg this year became the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate. If Biden selects him for the role, and if he is confirmed, Buttigieg would make history again as the first LBGTQ+ Cabinet secretary.
Reports about Buttigieg come as groups have been pressing Biden for more diversity in his Cabinet picks, and the Asian American community calls on Biden to nominate California’s Transportation Secretary David Kim to fill the role.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus noted that if Biden fails to select an Asian American and Pacific Islander for a Cabinet position, it would be the first time since Clinton held the Oval Office. That move, they say, would be “unacceptable.”