For those of you who did not have the opportunity to study the classics, Seneca was a philosopher who guided the young emperor Nero. Seneca is famous for saying, “Speech devoted to truth should be straightforward and plain.” Seneca, our Washington, D.C. contributor, will chime in to provide our raza with some news and observations about Latino politics as viewed from our nation’s capital.
Let’s welcome Seneca, and pay close attention to his latest musings about possible Latino appointments in the Obama administration.
Hispanics will not fare high in initial appointments in the new Obama administration. Only three have been even mentioned: Salazar (Sen. Ken) and perhaps Frederico Peña, but really only Richardson gets any real play. The word is that he is expecting Secretary of State, but Obama and his team may be having second thoughts and may offer him the Department of Homeland Security. Plainly this is not what he sought or is seeking, but the establishment foreign policy types in the party feel Richardson’s brash, unpredictable actions and words rattle the Foggy Bottom bureaucratic mattress mice as well as the white bread Council on Foreign Relations. State offers more flair, pizazz…shuttle diplomacy, high stakes affairs of state, cutting a swath on the international circuit. Moreover, Richardson, who enjoys a l’enfant terrible reputation that fits in at State better than the “cops” oriented DHS.,
Many hope that Richardson does not become the Mexican American) appointees across the Clinton Administration to discuss the issues, promoting Latino peers, and mentoring young Latinos, whereas Mel Martinez the HUD Secretary under W Bush had scheduled periodic meetings with the 20 to 30 highest Cuban American appointees to ensure the identification of talent and promotion of other Cuban Americans. Current Commerce Secretary is reported to likewise promote other Cuban appointees or prospective appointees.of the Obama administration: positioning himself as the one and only real Latino power-broker and then not even promoting or pushing other Latino qualified candidates. Cisneros, under Clinton, never was known to have meetings at HUD for other Hispanic (read:
It will be interesting to see if Obama appoints a Puerto Rican to cabinet status, which would be a first. The bottom line is: many believe Richardson is due something for delivering Nuclear Energy Commission, Highway Commission et al) is far more coveted by the economic movers and shakers because the regulatory process is the realm of the true economic gatekeepers in Washington not the normal executive departments.(and a new Latino congressman from the state: Lujan) and working hard in Colorado and Nevada to put these three states in the Obama column with increased Latino voter turn out. Most Latinos have not yet figured out that most often an appointment to a regulatory agency ( , , FTC,