Politico reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging President Joe Biden to appoint former Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York as the new Labor Secretary. Pelosi remains a highly influential figure in the Democratic Party and has been actively advocating for Maloney’s selection to fill the recently vacated role, which was previously held by Martin Walsh.
All of these people would be better than Sean Patrick Maloney https://t.co/mDjISztcUh
— Alexis Grenell (@agrenell) February 24, 2023
Following his defeat in the 2022 midterm elections, Sean Patrick Maloney was unable to retain the Democratic majority in the House during his tenure as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair. Maloney had previously been elected to Congress in 2012, but due to the redrawing of New York’s congressional districts, he ultimately conceded to his Republican rival Mike Lawler after lagging behind in the polls.
Since 2020, Maloney had held the position of chair for the Democratic campaign committee, which aims to secure the election of Democrats to the House and maintain the party’s majority. Nevertheless, his inability to retain his own seat in the election and to preserve the Democratic majority in the House is cause for concern regarding his suitability for a cabinet role.
According to Politico, President Biden revealed on Feb. 17 that Martin Walsh would be stepping down from his role as Labor Secretary to assume leadership of the National Hockey League’s Players’ Association. Among the potential candidates to replace him is former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has a history of working with labor unions in the city. De Blasio has been contacting individuals in the president’s inner circle in an effort to promote himself for the position, now that he has been succeeded by Mayor Eric Adams.
It is evident that Pelosi is leveraging her authority and clout in the Democratic Party to promote Maloney as a viable candidate for the role of Labor Secretary. However, Maloney’s lack of achievement in retaining his own seat in Congress and upholding the Democratic majority in the House must be taken into account when evaluating his suitability for the position. The fact that Pelosi is advocating for a political associate instead of exploring other capable contenders who may be better qualified is disconcerting.
The Labor Secretary position is an important one, and it should not be filled by someone who has failed to achieve success in their own political career. It is time for Pelosi to step aside and let President Biden make a decision that is in the best interest of the American people, not her own political agenda.
Source: The Daily Caller