Biden Transition Team Considering Rahm Emanuel For Cabinet Position
Despite the continued obstruction from Donald Trump’s appointee Emily Murphy holding up the peaceful transition of power, the Biden-Harris team is doing all they can to prepare for when it takes over on January 20, 2021. Several White House Senior Staff positions have already been set, with a forthcoming announcement regarding Biden’s choice for Treasury Secretary expected after Thanksgiving.
With so many talented Democrats available to work under the Biden-Harris Administration, many political observers are wondering just why they’re considering Rahm Emanuel for a Cabinet position. Emanuel, the controversial former congressman and Mayor of Chicago who also served as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, is just one name that’s been suggested to lead the Department of Transportation, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, among others.
Emanuel has been a fixture in Democratic politics for decades. He was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s before he represented Illinois in the House from 2003 to 2009. He left the House in 2009 to become chief of staff to Obama, leaving in 2010 to successfully run for mayor.
Progressives are already tweeting their outrage over the suggestion. Emanuel’s record in Chicago could be a major hurdle to confirmation, considering Chicago’s crime rate and the police shooting of Laquan McDonald during his second term as mayor, which is the leading reason he did not seek a third term.
Jeff Hauser, director of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said that Biden picking Rahm “would cause at least half of the Democratic Party to jump off the Biden train.”
“From civil rights activists to economic progressives, it is hard to identify a group of grassroots activists whom Rahm hasn’t permanently alienated,” said Hauser.
Biden has pledged he will nominate a Cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country.