Who would you like to see in an Obama cabinet?
Today you can vote on the next Secretary of Energy. Also, the previous rounds are still open for voting. More below the fold.
For all of you have been following these polls, I just wanted to let you know that I changed the system of the polls. The problem is that up to Sec. of Labor all polls were won by white men. It is as unrealistic as can be that we'd actually have a cabinet in which all the top positions were held by white men. It's not the 60s anymore. So the Obama Cabinet polls will have to change a little.
What I will do from now on:
I will still poll all positions and the initial polls for all positions are reopened. So you can still vote for State, AG, etc. In the end, I will look at all poll results and will compile five different cabinets including your favorite candidates from each poll (plus a wildcard where necessary). The diversity of the US population will be reflected in each cabinet. And you then get to vote on each cabinet as a whole.
You can still vote in the following polls. Here are the links:
Please note: candidates who had won earlier polls were not included in subsequent polls. Those candidates (Richardson, Edwards) may now get wildcards.
Secretary of State (Bill Richardson will get a wildcard)
Secretary of the Interior (Les AuCoin's vote total will not count due to ridiculously obvious and stupid poll stuffing)
Secretary of Labor (Robert Reich and John Edwards will receive a wildcard)
You can vote in one or all of these polls. I just ask you to please only vote once.
Here's the list of current cabinet positions and cabinet level administration offices that will be polled in the coming weeks:
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security
White House Chief of Staff
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Director of the National Drug Control Policy
United States Trade Representative
Who will be included: a maximum of 15 candidates (max number of positions in Dkos polls), I'll try to make each round as diverse as possible, always keeping in mind competence and knowledge required for the respective position. Therefore, I'll include men and women, minorities, sitting and former elected officials, appointed officials, academics, people from the non-profit and private sectors, Obama as well as Clinton supporters, and, yes, also Republicans and Independents.
Today's candidates for Secretary of Energy are (in alphabetical order, links lead to bio):
Rocky Anderson (UT) - fmr. Mayor of Salt Lake City, implemented the Salt Lake City Green Program
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM) - Chair of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR) - member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) - member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, founding member of the Apollo Alliance
Rep. Diana DeGette (CO) - member of the House Energy Committee, Chief Deputy Whip
Susan Eisenhower (R) - Energy expert
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL) - Founding member of the Apollo Alliance
Shirley Jackson - fmr. Chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert Kennedy, Jr. - environmental lawyer
Amory Lovins - Environmentalist, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA) - Energy expert, member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Carl Pope - Executive dir. of the Sierra Club, founding member of the Apollo Alliance
Jeffrey Sachs - Dir. of the Earth Institute, fmr. Dir. of the UN Millenium Project
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) - member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committees
Rep. Hilda Solis (CA) - member of the House Energy Committee
I would also like to ask you to nominate candidates for all cabinet positions not yet polled, for several of them I'm still well short of 15 candidates.