The squad’s premature meddling in how Joe Biden should assemble his Cabinet — if he wins — is being hit by both Democrats and Republicans, with one side saying it should come up during Thursday’s presidential debate.
U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley of Boston, joined by fellow progressive “squad” members Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, signed onto a letter warning Biden should bypass corporate lobbyists and executives for Cabinet and “sub-Cabinet” posts.
It’s a directive, a Trump campaign official said, that raises questions about who is influencing Biden.
“Americans have no question who is in charge — it’s the radical left,” said Nina McLaughlin, Republican National Committee spokeswoman for President Trump’s Maine and New Hampshire campaigns. “The socialist squad and far-left are driving (Biden’s) campaign.”
McLaughlin, who said Trump could take a lion’s share of both Maine and New Hampshire’s combined eight electoral votes Nov. 3, said she’d “love to see Joe Biden be held accountable and I hope it does come up in Thursday’s debate.”
A letter authored by Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva, and co-signed by 13 others, calls on U.S. Senate leaders from both parties to end “the practice of filling cabinet and sub-cabinet posts with current or former corporate officers and lobbyists.”
The letter adds: “As elected leaders, we should stop trying to make unsupportable distinctions between which corporate affiliations are acceptable for government service and which are not.”
Two Democratic consultants said the letter won’t influence Biden.
“Biden will make his own decisions,” said USC political science professor Bob Shrum, a veteran Democratic strategist.
“You can pressure from the inside or the outside,” said Democratic consultant Scott Ferson, a former Ted Kennedy spokesman. “This is clearly a pressure from the outside move.”
Pressley did not respond to Herald requests for comment.
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