Could there be a case of “No Irish Need Apply” for the vital job of Labor Secretary within the incoming Biden administration?
Perhaps. Here’ what Politico acknowledged about filling the place: “President-elect Joe Biden is considering nominating Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Labor Department, but concerns over diversity have delayed a final decision and could ultimately lead him to choose another candidate, five people familiar with the deliberations told POLITICO”
Walsh, by all important standards, is ideal for the job. He is an especially common two-term Mayor of Boston who gained his reelection race by 30 factors. He has harvested the working-class vote in his elections, uncommon sufficient for a Democrat nowadays. He additionally has had a stable friendship with Joe Biden for years and the 2 males converse usually so the president is snug with him.
His labor file too is impeccable. As his bio notes: “Walsh joined the Laborers’ Union Local 223 at age 21 and served because the union’s president till his election to the Mayoralty of Boston.
“He was elected secretary-treasurer and general agent of the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council, a union umbrella group, in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Walsh was named head of the Boston Building Trades. Walsh resigned his post when he announced he was running for mayor in 2013.”
All in all, the son of Irish emigrants, who even speaks a smattering of Irish, could possibly be minimize from Central Casting he suits the Labor Secretary job so nicely.
But right here’s the rub, as a white Irishman he could also be denied it in accordance with Politico. Whatever occurred to competency and talent which Walsh has in spades?
Politico states it bluntly: ”But Walsh is a white man. And though Biden has already nominated probably the most numerous Cabinet in historical past, some teams are pushing for extra illustration among the many 5 Cabinet posts that stay unfilled.”
Politico studies the Asian American and Pacific Islander neighborhood, in addition to the Congressional Black Caucus, are pushing for somebody from their background to be chosen.
I’m all for variety within the cabinet however are we changing one variety of discrimination with one other, the place one of the best individual will likely be handed over as a result of of the colour of his pores and skin?
I hope not. Biden has already chosen probably the most numerous cabinet in historical past and nicely executed to him.
He wants to choose one of the best individual for Secretary of Labor no matter their pores and skin coloration. I really consider Marty Walsh can be a enormous success within the function. He has walked the stroll and talked the speak when it involves the working man or lady and their points.
After the union-busting Trump administration, a new starting is badly wanted. Labor wants a fighter and Walsh is definitely that.
Biden ought to do the correct factor it appears to me. Politico studies he needs to however is being informed to be very delicate to variety issues
Go for it, Joe. Walsh will likely be one of your star performers. Competence, not coloration or creed is what counts.