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Obama Picks Foxx to Succeed LaHood

President Obama has made it official that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will take the place of Secretary Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary. This announcement follows accusations and scrutiny that Obama’s Cabinet is not very diverse. In a timely fashion, he fills one of the last positions with an African-American mayor from North Carolina.

This isn't directly about race or Democrats; it's about President Obama's general selection in his cabinet. Once again he has filled a position from one under-qualified politician to another. Obama feels Foxx is "another impressive leader," implying that LaHood was also an impressive leader.

Obama credits Foxx for his groundbreaking vision for mass transit in Charlotte. That's certainly not "mass-transit" by most standards. It's not even close to the scale of a city with a legitimate mass-transit system. Why wouldn't Obama fill the position with someone from AmTrak, road infrastructure and transportation? Why not hire the guy in Charlotte who is actually the "doer" behind the groundbreaking advances in Charlotte's mass transit? Just because this guy sat at a table with transportation professionals doesn't make him "an impressive leader."

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Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama is expected to announce that he’ll name Tom Wheeler to replace him. Like Genachowski, Wheeler is a tech-industry veteran and big-time Obama-campaign bundler: Genachowski helped found a tech-startup incubator and was a senior advisor to a tech-centric private equity firm; he was also a $500,000 bundler for Obama’s first presidential campaign. Wheeler is a former head of trade groups for both the cable and wireless industries who reportedly helped raise more than $1.1 million for the president’s election campaign.
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