Saturday, February 14, 2009

Harold Ford for Secretary of Commerce

Hopefully he won't have to drop out due to either disagreements, tax issues, or even personal political issues. I don't know of any, but that's not to say there isn't anything in his background. Perhaps Harold Ford isn't out of the national spotlight yet. So what about this story:
Harold Ford Jr. for Commerce Secretary? It's something a few Democrats around town are pushing and, according to sources, the idea of appointing the former Tennessee Congressman is being given serious thought by folks high up in the Obama administration.

On paper, Ford checks a lot of boxes for a an easy-to-confirm nominee for this post: He's a pro-business Democrat (remember, this is Commerce Secretary so the job is to be a promoter of business); he's a former member of the Congressional Black Caucus (you'll recall this whole kerfuffle over control of the census under a Judd Gregg-led Commerce Dept. was started by complaints from the CBC); and he's a practiced spokesperson on TV (the Geithner rollout this week is a reminder that the administration doesn't have enough solid media savvy members of his team who can sell the administration's policies.).
Well I had to click thru two links to get to this article at MSNBC. They've found something, whether or not he's recieved a bonus from Merril Lynch. No one close to Ford belives that there is an issue. Hopefully this nomination won't be another strike against the young Obama administration.

Well I click to MSNBC starting at Instapundit.

1 comment:

Chris D. Jackson said...

Ford received a guaranteed salary, but no bonus, at Merrill for 2 years of work, paid his taxes on time (remember he had to disclose publicly his taxes and assets while in Congress) and has terrific relations with Congress, Democrats and Republicans. He would be a great addition to the cabinet.

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