As Joe Biden begins to build out his cabinet, more Michigan names are being mentioned as potential picks, including freshman U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Rashida Tlaib.
Slotkin, who was elected to a second term in the U.S. House this month, is reportedly on Biden’s short list to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
A former CIA analyst, the Holly Democrat did three tours in Iraq during her time at the agency.A former top defense official in the Obama administration, she is also a former staffer for the White House National Security Council under President George W. Bush and was a senior aide to the first Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte.
In the House, Slotkin serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees with a focus on intelligence.
Others on Biden’s short list, according to the New York Times, are Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, and Vincent R. Stewart, who formerly headed the Defense Intelligence Agency. Former Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon’s name has also been in the mix.
“While Congresswoman Slotkin appreciates being named alongside such qualified candidates to lead the CIA, she is honored to serve the people of Michigan’s 8th District, and looks forward to doing so for a second term in Congress,” Slotkin spokeswoman Hannah Lindow said.
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, is among the contenders for Biden’s labor secretary.
Levin, a former union organizer, has the endorsements of four union organizations: the United Autoworkers, the Communication Workers of America, the National Nurses United and the Utility Workers Union.
He also has the backing from job-training groups such as the National Skills Coalition and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.
Levin has said it is an honor even to be mentioned as a candidate and that if Biden asked him to join his cabinet he would consider it.
Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat, is among the names pushed for Biden’s cabinet by two progressive groups — the Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement, which advocates for action to stop the climate crisis.
The group has started a petition listing Tlaib as their top pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Biden.
A Tlaib spokesman declined to comment Monday, but housing has been a top issue for Tlaib in Congress, where she sits on the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the housing sector. Detroit native Ben Carson has been HUD secretary under President Donald Trump.
The Sunrise Movement’s cabinet wish-list for Biden also includes Levin for the labor post; former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El Sayed for secretary of Health and Human Services; and Attorneys General Dana Nessel of Michigan and Keith Ellison of Minnesota (a Detroit native) for U.S. Attorney General.
Biden told NBC News’ Lester Holt last week that he already has “significant” representation among progressives in his administration and indicated wariness about pulling too many members out of the House, where Democrats will have a narrower majority next term.
“One thing is really critical: Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House — particularly a person of consequence — is a really difficult decision that would have to be made,” Biden said.
“I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. And it’s gonna take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done.”
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Tlaib definitely belongs in Joe’s Cabinet, down in the deepest part of his basement in the mop room with the rest of the *******, next to the Clorox which Joe has been known to bathe in, and Janitor in a drum which he uses as mouth wash to wash the electoral corruption off his mouth and hands like Lady McBeth tried to wash off the blood. If I mention what they use Spic&Span for in this election, I’ll be accused of racial prejudice even though the amount of righteous Conservative Hispanic votes electronically washed from Trump’s column was an outright crime against all Conservative Latino voters. Don’t forget the bit bleach used for the Mueller and Clinton phones and laptops that will come in handy later to hide Biden and Son’s Chinese and Ukrainian money laundering which will be dwarfed by what he now can accomplish in Presidential proportions,
If Joe was smart, as well as Pelosi, he would give all 4 squad members cabinet positions to get them out of Pelosi’s hair, then fire them like Trump would 3 months later. But that would just be more plagiarism on Joe’s pat, just like his proposals to fix the COVID problem.
SO MORE traitors being put in office.. Where, oh where has our nation gone wrong?
Oh yes, by all means get Talaib, this hateful communist. She wants the abolition of Israel.
She will fit right in with Biden’s administration. He is going to name the squaddies his communications team too.
Right now, NOTHING would shock me anymore…
Joe the Moderate Biden??????? Why does the so called moderate want radicals in his cabinet?
repaying for the support.
Joe is there “but nobody’s home.” He is merely a puppet with the strings being pulled by the communists in control. The media, CIA, FBI, Big Tech, Bill Gates, et al.
I am highly skeptical of his “injury” playing with the dog. This is a tactic to keep him away from the microphones and his memory lapses which are very frequent. Once he gets into the Oval Office. . . . well, let your imagination run wild and then you will see the total takeover by the communists of America.
Our hope is in God and some upstanding judges that will call this election for Trump, where it should be in the first place.
He’s about as moderate, as an Atheist is devout.
A menagerie of dangerous clowns!
More like a murder of traitorous swine.
Isn’t that wonderful?…..
Wacko Joe’s appointing people who hate America and everything it has stood for the last 245 years. They want to “fundamentally change America”. All I can say is “good luck”, ’cause you’re gonna need it. Real Americans aren’t gonna just roll over and accept this b.s. Anybody who thinks this was an “honest election” is either blind, stupid, or a combination of the two.
PinnochiJoe China Biden wants Talib in the Cabinet? Is there now a new Madame Defarge Secretary? Oh wait! There is a vacancy due to the assassination of Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich.