Obama finally assuages liberal concerns

Well, apparently president-elect Barack Obama finally made a Cabinet choice that liberals don’t seem to have mixed feelings about, and that choice is Rep. Hilda Solis, who will head the Labor Department in the Obama administration. Labor leaders were effusive in their praise for the choice of Rep. Solis:

“The daughter of two immigrant workers and union members … she will be a secretary of labor working men and women can finally count on to stand up and fight for them,” said Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union.

“For Rep. Solis, serving as secretary of labor will not just be a job, but the culmination of a lifetime of action serving as a voice for people who work,” Stern said.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said the nation’s largest organized labor organization was “thrilled” that Solis would be the next labor secretary.

“We’re confident that she will return to the labor department one of its core missions — to defend workers’ basic rights in our nation’s workplaces,” Sweeney said.

Hopefully the choice of Rep. Solis as Labor Secretary will assuage some of the concerns liberals have had about Obama’s Cabinet choices, considering she’s about as liberal as anyone and she’s well-liked by organized labor.


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