Archive for the ‘Cabinet’ category

Obama Officially Announces Intelligence Staff

January 9, 2009

(New York) – President Elect Obama today announces his picks to lead his intelligence staff. Rertired Admiral Dennis Blair will be his Director of National Intelligence. Leon Panetta is scheduled to be his Central Intelligence Agency director.

The President Elect described both men as “public servants with unquestioned integrity, broad experience, strong management skills and the core pragmatism we need in dangerous times.”

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Governor Richardson pulls out of Secretary of Commerce nomination process

January 4, 2009

Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico has decided to pull out of the nomination process for U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Unfortunately, this decision has come on the heels of an investigation into his administration and its dealings with a state contracted company.  The investigation will question campaign contributions by a California company that would later receive municipal bond business in New Mexico.

Hopefully this probe will only show that the California Company’s contributions to the Richardson campaign had nothing to do with its landing of the state contract.

It saddens me to see another Latino stepping down from the national spotlight because of an investigation into ethics.  I hope that this and past events do not permanently tarnish the image of Latino professionals and our ability overcome adversity and maintain our integrity.

Tom Daschle named Secretary of Health and Human Services

December 11, 2008

Barack Obama nominted Tom Daschle the former Senate Majority leader to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services.

He had been serving as a national co-chair for Obama’s campaign. Daschle wrote “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.”