has not officially made a decision — first we heard he was leaving, then he was staying — but now he says he’ll be taking the holidays to think about what he wants to do, noting that he wants to spend more time with his family. (Hmm. Loop Fans know what that usually means.)
We had Sen.
(D-Mont.) penciled in for this job, but he managed to get reelected. We had
in as backup if Tester won, but she’s now an incoming senator from North Dakota.
There’s talk that
, a former assistant interior secretary in the Bill Clinton administration and now director of the Office of Personnel Management, might return to the Interior Department in the top job.
And Labor Secretary
is said to be eyeing a run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — a very powerful body out there — though she’s not inclined to leave for a year or so.
Labor unions, however, while quite happy with Solis, who’s got strong labor roots, have at least one favorite candidate in case she departs:
, the longtime president of the United Steelworkers. The highly regarded Gerard worked long and hard on the reelection campaign.
It might help his chances a lot if Gerard, a Canadian, were a U.S. citizen. After all, as secretary of labor he would be 10th in line to be president should something happen to the chief executive.
Latino groups have a long list of possibles, especially for Commerce or Transportation, including Los Angeles Mayor
and former Miami mayor
In the private sector, business executives such as
Ralph de la Vega
, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, or
, president of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications, might be induced to join the administration.
Meanwhile, there’s some talk that longtime Obama friend and mega-bundler
— not a Latina — might be interested in the job of commerce secretary. We had her penciled in for a small diplomatic post, such as the Court of St. James’s (London) or perhaps Paris, but . . .
Holder and whom?
Eric H. Holder Jr.
might be doing his best Hamlet impersonation about whether to leave the administration — after much consternation, the latest is that he’s staying put for now. But there’s certainly upheaval in the ranks of his assistants.
, acting assistant AG for the antitrust division, left this month and was replaced by Renata Hesse in an acting role (
, a lawyer with Arnold & Porter, was nominated to replace her permanently, but he’s yet to be confirmed by Congress).