Blumenauer Tapped as Likely Secretary of Transportation

Democratic insiders have mapped out the possible face of an Obama presidential cabinet. Shortlisted for Secretary of Transportation are Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar.

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November 4, 2008, 11:00 AM PST

By Nate Berg


"Sources close to Barack Obama have quite specific ideas about his most likely choices for a wide array of top jobs."

"The list is heavy on campaign heavyweights and Washington insiders, many of them from the administration of President Bill Clinton. So while surprises can be expected to crop up - especially on any Republican members of the Cabinet - many of the selections would likely be proven hands who would provoke little controversy. Obama has not communicated his final choice on any of these posts but plans to move very quickly if he is elected, according to the sources. They point to the political price that Clinton paid for dilly-dallying on his appointments and nomination."

"Here is the list of names being widely discussed in Democratic circles, compiled with the help of ABC's Jonathan Karl and Politico's Ben Smith. Some of the names are more likely than others, but all are being seriously considered by Obama advisers. Some of the sources would be involved in decision making, and some were making educated deductions."

Monday, November 3, 2008 in Politico

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