Fortunately, “additional guidance will be provided on how the new Secretary’s photos will be inserted in the existing frames when those photos are available,” the e-mail reads.
That’s a relief. It could get tricky.
Department spokesman Carl Fillichio laughed off the Loop’s interest in the regime-change missive. “That’s what we do when we have a new secretary of labor,” he said.
Wait — what about the photos of Solis? Workers were advised to “temporarily store them in your offices.” Seems sad that one day, your pictures are gracing the walls of an important government office, and the next day, they’re gathering dust in someone’s closet.
Maybe sell them as collector’s items on eBay?
With Tom Perez, who had headed the civil rights division at Justice, becoming labor secretary, the question is: Who will head Justice’s civil rights division?
The answer for the short term — and we’re hearing likely to be nominated for the long term — is Joycelyn Samuels, who’s been the principal deputy assistant attorney general in that division for the past four years.
Before that, Samuels had been vice president for education and employment for nearly eight years at the National Women’s Law Center.
Samuels is stepping in at a tough time. Demonstrations around the country are pressing the department to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — something current and former Justice officials said could be extremely difficult and perhaps impossible.
Meanwhile, Perez has tapped Xochitl Hinojosa, a former press aide at the Justice Department and more recently communications director for Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) — and once featured in a Washingtonian fashion gallery — to be the Labor Department spokeswoman.
Envoy out, envoy in
As expected, President Obama last week renominated Washington lawyer and major bundler Timothy Broas — whose initial nomination was derailed a year ago after a drunken-driving arrest — to be ambassador to the Netherlands.
Broas was stopped on Connecticut Avenue near his home in Chevy Chase in June 2012 and charged with speeding, drunken driving and resisting arrest. The latter two charges were dropped shortly after the arrest.
Also on the ambassadorial front, Allan Katz, an Obama 2008 mega-bundler, former Tallahassee city commissioner and now ambassador to Portugal, is leaving that job soon to be a professor at his alma mater, the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
With Emily Heil
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