According to the Denver Post, Senator Ken Salazar will accept the Secretary of the Interior position, boosting the number of Latinos in the Obama cabinet to two. But should we be concerned about this appointment? Senator Salazar has been a friend of both Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who defected away from the Dems with whom he normally caucuses in the general election to support Senator McCain, and our favorite former Attorney General Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales. I highly recommend that you read the articles that I linked to, and then ask yourself: is this the kind of “change” we voted for (assuming, of course, that you are an Obama supporter)?
I think that Senator Salazar brings a mixed bag to the table, but he has practiced environmental law before and has a lifetime rating of 81% from the League of Conservation voters. As this DailyKos article points out, his environmental record is not as good as Rep. Raul Grijalva, the other Latino who was being considered. Some think that taking Salazar out of the Senate would be a good move since the Governor of Colorado is a Dem and could appoint a more progressive candidate. However, if you are more conservative in your views, what do you think about Senator Salazar? Does he seem like someone who will do a good job? Also worth noting, Senator Salazar did run Colorado’s Natural Resources Department from 1990 to 1994.