After the withdrawal of Bill Richardson's name as an Obama administration Cabinet nominee, Hispanic leaders say they expect the president-elect to name another Latino to head the Commerce Department.
An Obama transition team source said a veteran California congressman, Xavier Becerra, has emerged as the leading congressional candidate to replace Richardson, the Hispanic governor of New Mexico, as President-elect Barack Obama's choice for a job that
will include overseeing the 2010 U.S. Census.
“Even though he turned down the trade representative slot, Becerra is not only Hispanic, but
he has the skill, talent and experience to do the Commerce job,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak for the president-elect.
“Xavier's name has gone to the top of the list of potential replace
ments in part because he is a member of the House leadership, he is well liked, he has very good credentials, and, of course, he was an early Obama backer,” the source said.
Let's have a little thought experiment, shall we? Let's say that tomorrow it was found out that
Vice-President Elect Joe Biden is a serial killer, or a Mafia Godfather, or involved in some other illegal activity which would cause him to have to resign.
I know, I know, it's a stretch, right?
Ok, now let's imagine a bunch of white dudes who dare not call themselves
a Congressional White Caucus (like the Black and Hispanic Caucus openly do... And they're not racist, you know.) insist and pressure Obama to pick another white guy to be ethnically fair.
Can you imagine the ensuing hissy fit?