Will Obama pick a woman to lead Interior?

Ken Salazar’s decision to step down as Interior Secretary, announced this morning, comes as President Obama faces criticism for a lack of women in his senior cabinet nominees.

Salazar, a Colorado rancher, had forged strong working relationships with western Republicans like Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

"I have always appreciated the collaborative approach that Ken takes to problem solving," Simpson said in a statement. "We need more problem solvers in government, and I am going to miss working with him in his capacity as Secretary.”

Salazar got a lukewarm response from environmental groups because of his willingness to compromise on hot-button issues like wolf delisting. But they liked his leadership on issues like oil and gas leasing near national parks and renewable energy.

The woman best positioned to replace him would be former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, who just left office. She is best known in environmental circles for her support of renewable energy and for climate change in state policies.

On the controversial dam and salmon issue, she largely stayed on the sidelines, a common position for Washington Democrats.

Another woman who was talked about four years ago for the Interior post was Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI. The Seattle-based executive, trained as an engineer, has deftly led the company that has revenue of $1.8 billion-a-year and has been an outspoken leader in the outdoor industry in environmental efforts.

Both women pass one of the major litmus tests for the job of the nation’s landlord for 500 million acres of land, with 70,000 employees and a $20 billion budget: They come from the West. And there are many former governors, senators and congressmen among western Democrats who would love the job.

But the man most talked about for the job is John Berry, Obama’s director of the White House Office of Personnel Management. He used to be director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and previously worked at Interior, the Treasury Department, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian.

He also is openly gay, which addresses another diversity issue. But Berry is from Maryland and has no history in the West, which certainly would make him a target among some western Republicans and even some Democrats.

He has received high marks for his management skills in all of his jobs, but would face questions from environmental groups for his willingness to work closely with motorized recreation groups while at Interior and with corporations at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


given the lack of women in his inner circle. http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/149084/no_women_among_obamas_advisors
Perhaps Gregoire could try voter fraud to steal the position. It got her into the Governorship.

If she is competant enough for the job.


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

FO is not

That little lady foreignoregonian is not competant for the job, I also think she has some health problems with the drinking and smoking and bad eating habits.

Democrats dont hire any minorities, only

Republicans do.

besides, who cares! Just get ready for the collapse. This guy is worse than Bush. Much worse.

You helped hire all of them...it's your fault as much as mine.

If you wade in denial you'll get sand in your underwear.


This brouhaha could have been prevented...communication?

FO....Somewhat true. During primaries I do vote for new

people. But main election, I do revert to 'some' status quo.

Which means that those people creeped you out at some point.


This brouhaha could have been prevented...communication?

They are all crooks

They all have their hidden agenda's and have secret bed fellows. Just look at all of Butch Otter's & Brad Little's buddies.
If this person is not qualified then there should be no question. Am sure the next 4 years are going to be very interesting to say the least. Nothing is going to change at IDFG, its going to continue the status quo.

RedRidingHood....Idaho is doing ok as compared to most of the

other states. Some issues here are pretty minor when compared to stuff going on at the national level. Americans are too dumb to see what is coming, and it is not too long away. The entire financial system and USA economy is walking on thin ice, just ready to crack wide open.

You are so right

When it cracks wide open not even the ghost busters can save us. Yes I was speaking more on an Idaho level, but yes on a national level its not looking good at all.

We don't need no water...

and we'll make sure they find you two first, K?


This brouhaha could have been prevented...communication?