Grijalva on the inside track-

Rocky Barker: Kitzhaber likely off list for Interior secretary. Idaho Statesman

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Kitzhaber likely off list for Interior secretary

  1. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    More and more – politician and grassroots folk alike – are lining up behind Raul Grijalva :

    Hispanic leaders pitch Obama on Cabinet choices The Hill

    Lobbying effort underway on Grijalva’s

    Grijalva for Interior Secretary – John Nichols, The Nation

  2. avatar john weis says:

    I posted this in the wrong place earlier. I wonder if Pelosi has this kind of clout.

  3. I think the only other serious competitor is Mike Thompson from California.

    I’d say it’s about 60/40 though in favor of Grijalva based on what I’m reading on it.

  4. Jim,

    She has a lot of clout, but then Hispanics are feeling a bit shortchanged with Bill Richardson giving up governor for one of the lesser cabinet positions, I hope they see that they need a second Hispanic.

  5. avatar JimT says:

    I am reading articles on Grijalva, and like what I am reading. He would be a fine Sec. of Interior regardless of his ethnicity. And while I agree with those who are upset that Bill Richardson should have been Sec. of State (I predict HC will last less than 3 years; there are too many philosophical conflicts between her and Obama, and then there is the BILL wildcard), my feeling is based on his tremendous background and experience, not because he is Hispanic. Besides, given the nature of the economy these days, I would not say that Commerce is, per se, a lesser cabinet position, Ralph. I think Richardson will be allowed to take that position and run with it, and he will have considerable success. Besides, if and when HC resigns, Obama already has a vetted and experienced candidate in place to step right in. Rather shrewd, I would say.

    Folks should damp down the whining about this and that, and focus on supporting Obama just we did during the election. The conservatives are looking for wedge issues to stop progress and use that as a way to make gains in the 2012 election. Let’s not help them by fragmenting before Obama has a chance to even take office.


December 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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