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).
Wayland returned to his old firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He tells the Loop that his commute from New York — where he lives with his wife and three teenage boys — to Washington was getting to be too much. “I was on borrowed time,” he says.
He isn’t the only one moving on.
, assistant AG for the criminal division, is also said to be heading for the exit, perhaps by year’s end. He’s been at Justice for the bulk of the first Obama administration, and so his eventual departure, too, seems like a natural turn of events.
He might otherwise have stayed, people with information said, but Breuer’s role in the “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking controversy would probably prevent him from winning Senate confirmation for a more senior job — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last year called for his resignation.
Another expected departure — sooner rather than later, we hear — is
, the assistant AG for environmental and natural resources.
Rent, don’t buy
’s tenure in Washington isn’t much longer than the life span of an average housefly, but that’s not stopping him from acting as though he’s in it for the long haul — and that includes cleaning house and hiring his own staff.
Curson, the Michigan Democrat who is filling the end of the term for
, has less than six weeks in office. He opted not to run for a full term, and he’ll be heading back to Michigan when Republican Kerry Bentivolio is sworn in in January.
You wouldn’t know Curson was such a short-timer. He replaced all of McCotter’s staff with his own people, even down to the constituent service folks — the ones who help with missing Social Security checks and passport requests and the like — back in the district offices, according to the sharp-eyed folks at LegiStorm.
He’s brought on Washington veteran
, a former Senate staffer and recently the head of government relations for brokerage firm Icap, to be his blink-and-you-might-miss-him chief of staff.
Such a changing of the guard isn’t unusual, says Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation. Since the 1990s, any lawmaker of a different party typically replaces the entire staff, he notes. “It’s traditional in today’s day and age,” he says.
But a six-week stint sure isn’t the norm. The Curson staff — nine at the last count — will likely be sent packing in January when the new GOP boss settles in.
Better not get too comfortable . . .
With Emily Heil
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