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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:56 PM

Tell President Obama: Appoint Raul Grijalva Interior Secretary

From Dennis Kucinich:

Congressman Raul Grijalva's name is being floated as a possible appointment to be the next Secretary of the Interior, and I could not think of a better choice to lead this important federal agency. It would be a bold pick that would dramatically change how our federal government treats our federal lands. Will you join with other protectors of our environment and ask President Obama to Appoint Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior?

Raul Grijalva's leadership on the House Natural Resources Committee has demonstrated how he is a champion of clean air, clean water, renewable energy, comprehensive mining reform and environmental conservation. He is the type of bold leader that we need at the Department of the Interior. We need his leadership to better conserve our public lands for generations to come. His appointment will send a strong signal to special interest groups and well-funded lobbyists: the days of influencing our environment with cronyism and fat checks are over.

Raul is a friend to me and to our movement. As co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Raul has been an outspoken supporter of health care for all Americans, fairness in our tax code and bringing our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and has been a leading voice for fair, comprehensive immigration reform.

If Raul Grijalva is named the 51st Secretary of Interior, we know that we will have a champion on behalf of all Americans in this critical cabinet position during President Obama's second term.

But we only have a few days before President Obama is expected to make his decision on who to nominate. Please sign this petition and tell him to appoint Raul Grijalva as Interior Secretary.


Forward,

Dennis Kucinich


Sign! http://kucinich.bluestatedigital.com/page/s/appoint-raul-grijalva

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Reply Tell President Obama: Appoint Raul Grijalva Interior Secretary (Original post)
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 OP
Suich Jan 2013 #1
pinboy3niner Jan 2013 #2
Lionessa Jan 2013 #3
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #6
sasha031 Jan 2013 #4
Zorra Jan 2013 #5
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #12
kwolf68 Jan 2013 #7
phiddle Jan 2013 #8
cascadiance Jan 2013 #13
Ichingcarpenter Jan 2013 #9
DAMANgoldberg Jan 2013 #10
panader0 Jan 2013 #11

Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:49 PM

1. Good choice!

Never would have thought of him before. I saw him several times on Keith Olbermann and was impressed.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:13 PM

2. Excellent choice! I can see the new department letterhead now...

Grijalva's current logo could be easily modified.





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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:44 PM

3. Love the idea BUT I'd suggest ASKING instead of telling Obama.

 

Just seems a bit off to "tell" the leader of the free world what to do.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:04 AM

6. I like to think of him as our representative, not our leader,

but good point!

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:46 PM

4. Signed and tweeted

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

5. Raul as Interior Secretary would be awesome, but Obama will never appoint him, even if half the

people, and every dolphin, on the planet signed the petition.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:34 PM

12. Hopefully we get someone like him before our environment is completely destroyed.....

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:19 AM

7. We need someone, anyone


We haven't had a good Interior Sec since Babbit.

The people under Bush were pathetic. Kempthorpe was better than Norton, but that's not saying much.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:25 AM

8. Better for Interior Sec. would be Bobby Kennedy Jr.

Leave Raul in congress.

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Response to phiddle (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:42 PM

13. Coincidentally I was thinking the same thing. Have just been thinking of RFK, Jr. as well

If he had been the initial choice for Interior, who I wanted back in 2008, we might have avoided disasters with better oversight like the coal mining disaster, which is an industry RFK, Jr. was intimately involved with monitoring from the outside for wrongdoing like Mercury poisoning, etc. Perhaps we might have gotten the offshore oil drilling monitoring organizational flaws fixed in time before the Gulf Oil spill had happened, which might have prevented it as well. Salazar was worthless and I'm glad Obama is replacing him now. Grijalva would certainly be a good move in the right direction, and I'm sure he'd have RFK, Jr.'s ear on a lot of areas of what he does.

But I'm wondering if part of this move is to limit the Progressive caucus strength from getting too much power in 2014 midterms if you take someone like Grijalva out of the picture.

Two questions to ask:
1) How much is Grijalva interested in this position. If very interested, I cannot deny him that opportunity just to keep him in the House.
2) Do we have an identified (perhaps by Raul himself) a good person to step up to the bar to replace him and be another good progressive rep in the House. If we can then definitely this move is good, as it gets one more progressive voice more experience in government that we can build upon.

Right now, mostly what we are doing is building for 2014 in the House, so we should keep that in mind.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:42 AM

9. Never happen.. he's too liberal and rational

His seat is in a democratic zone so that's not a big problem.

I think we will get some hack
but hope for the best.

He'd make a great interior secretary.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:40 AM

10. 2 Ex Governors come to mind...

NM Governor Richardson
MT Governor Schweitzer, even though I might hold him out for Energy Secretary

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:52 AM

11. Grijalva would be great BUT:

The Dems in Az would lose a great congressman. I live in Barber's district and I know first hand how hard it is to get Dems elected here in Az. When Pres Obama appointed Napolitano we ended up with Janet Brewer as our guv---UGH!
I agree with the poster upthread about Richardson.

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