Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Appointment updates

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Lots of news and rumors today.

First, Bill Richardson will be named as Commerce Secretary at a 11:40 ET press conference tomorrow.

Second, more rumored appointments:

Labor activist Mary Beth Maxwell has emerged as a serious candidate for Secretary of Labor, Democratic and transition offiicials confirm. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Maxwell, who'd be the first openly gay cabinet secretary, is being vetted for the job, along with Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. Of the three, Sebelius has the inside track and the closest relationship with Obama. Sebelius has also been mentioned as a potential pick for Secretary of Education.- The Atlantic
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is the top candidate to be Secretary of the Interior. - The Atlantic
  • James Steinberg, the deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton, is close to being named as Hillary's deputy at the State Department. - TPM